We’ve seen just a few seconds of Kylo Ren and Captain Phasma, and a single photo of General Hux. Supreme Leader Snoke, meanwhile, is just a name and Andy Serkis in a performance- capture leotard. Even so, we already ( more or less) know there’ll be a new baddie in the Rian Johnsondirected Star Wars: Episode VIII.
Benicio del Toro’s involvement was first rumoured back in July, and he let some details slip to Spanish news node
Rac1. “I think we start shooting in March,” he said. “The thing is, they don’t let me talk too much about it. I’m like the villain. But we’ll see.” A few weeks later he backtracked slightly, claiming “I don’t know if he’s a villain. People are saying that, but it’s like they read a different script than I read.” So he’s in it, but his moral compass remains intriguingly undefined.
One of the big mysteries that’s arisen from The Force Awakens’ publicity drive is about to be solved. Yes, if you’ve wondered how C- 3PO ended up with a red arm, this plot point appears to be the main hook of Marvel’s new Star Wars Special: C- 3PO comic by James Robinson and Tony Harris, due in December.
And finally, Star Wars: Aftermath author Chuck Wendig has hit back at fans who’ve complained about a gay character in his book. “You’re not the good guys,” he responded. “You’re the shitty, oppressive, totalitarian Empire. If you can imagine a world where Luke Skywalker would be irritated that there were gay people around him, you completely missed the point of Star Wars.”
Next up in lost arm stories: the Wampa and Pondo Baba.