By this time last year, we already had a subtitle and our first look at some footage for ‘Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens,’ but so far JJ Abrams and company have been staying relatively tight-lipped on information pertaining to next year’s ‘Episode VIII.’ Whether this is simply to keep fans’ focus on the forthcoming ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ or for another reason entirely, we’re not entirely sure.
So, then, we are currently relegated to getting our ‘Episode VIII’ fix from the rumor mill. We’re given some info about a few new characters making their first appearances in the film, courtesy of online fan site MakingStarWars, which does have a pretty good track record of garnering their info from reliable sources.
On the character played by Benicio del Toro:
“Described as a classic “man in black.” As in he wears all black and he’s dangerous. His character is clean shaven with hair not unlike Poe Dameron’s in length. …it doesn’t appear the heroes see del Toro as a bad guy, at least not at first. We think he’s connected to the casino set we talked about sometime ago. On paper it sounds a little close to Lando Calrissian in ‘The Empire Strikes Back’ but before you panic, there are some details we’re still working on that make that appear to a bit of a stretch.”
For the character played by Laura Dern:
“Probably the most bombastic of the new characters from the rumors we’ve heard. She is very aristocratic and fancy in a way we haven’t really seen in Star Wars before. Her look is unique. Someone compared her design to ‘The Hunger Games-meets-Star Wars.’ Dern wears a ‘fancy’ dress and her hair is like something out of the prequels. The biggest defining detail of this new character played by Laura Dern is that she has pink hair in ‘Star Wars: Episode VIII.’ Sources are at a loss for words when they tried to describe her hair which is very ornate, almost like something out of the Outlander Club in ‘Attack of the Clones.'”
Finally, some info on Kelly Marie Tran:
“In the near future we will have details to share on a jumpsuited Kelly Marie Tran and her role in the film and how she ends up tangled up with Finn in their shared story. Her look is almost the opposite of Dern’s character. She’s just very normal looking but her situation is supposedly really cool. We’ll have more on Finn and Kelly Marie Tran in the near future we can share.”
The as-of-yet-unsubtitled ‘Star Wars: Episode VIII’ is scheduled to hit US theaters on December 15, 2017.
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