Rian Johnson (Looper) is writing and directing the second of the new trilogy films. Somewhat naturally, little is known about the film beyond the fact that it should continue the story from J.J. Abrams' (Star Trek Into Darkness) Star Wars: The Force Awakens. And while it appears Lucasfilm and the Star Wars team wants him to bring some menace to the screen, the other details about Del Toro's potential role, assuming he decides to take on the job at all, remain firmly behind defensive shields.
What we do know is that Episode VIII is scheduled to start shooting early next year ready for a 6 May 2017 release date. Del Toro will next be seen in Denis Villeneuve's (Prisoners) drug war thriller Sicario, out here on 9 October, and Terrence Malick's (The Tree Of Life) as yet untitled film set against the music scene in Austin, Texas, which should be on screens in 2016.