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In today’s edition of Star Wars Bits, we take a look at the following:

  • Star Wars 8 director Rian Johnson tweets out a photo of his screenplay.
  • The new Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer is supposedly edited and making the corporate rounds.
  • When is the final Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer getting released? October? November?
  • New details on what to expect in the Star Wars Battlefront beta.
  • See the comic cover art for Darth Vader #15, the grand finale of Marvel’s upcoming crossover event “Vader Down”.
  • Benicio del Toro explains what he likes about his Star Wars Episode VIII director Rian Johnson.
  • See Paul Shipper’s amazing Star Wars: The Force Awakens character prints.
  • And the header photo is Daniel Hoogkamp‘s BB-8 pumpkin.

All this and more. Hit the jump to hyperspace to get started.

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There Might Be a ‘Sicario’ Sequel

Sicario sequel

Of any film in current release right now, the one that seems least likely to get a sequel is Denis Villeneuve‘s drug war thriller Sicario. But that sequel is exactly the one that is supposedly in development right now.

Since most of you haven’t seen Sicario yet — it opened in just six theaters this past weekend and will expand over the next couple weeks — we’ll keep any specifics until after the break.

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Benicio Del Toro star wars role

As you know, Benicio Del Toro has been cast in Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens follow-up Star Wars: Episode VIII (currently untitled). When the casting was first reported by industry website The Wrap, they claimed that the role was the villain role for the upcoming installment. But now the actor is hinting that he might not be actually playing the villain in the new film, but is this just a bit of misdirection? Find out more about the Benicio Del Toro Star Wars role, after the jump.

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Star Wars Episode 8 shooting

Not too long ago, Benicio del Toro confirmed rumors that he was taking a role in the next chapter of the new Star Wars trilogy. In addition, reports have indicated that he will have some kind of villain role, though Disney and Lucasfilm haven’t confirmed anything.

However, del Toro seems to have been given permission to talk about the film as he has just seemingly confirmed the villain part of the equation while also revealing when Star Wars Episode 8 shooting actually begins. Read More »

Star Wars Episode VIII villain

Now that we know not only the major cast members for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but also their character names and some of the ways they fit into the story, it’s time to actually see that film, right? Well, yes, but because LucasFilm is already moving forward with not only the first Star Wars Anthology film, but the next proper episode in the series, we also have Episode VIII news to contend with.

The first new bit of information about that movie is that Benicio del Toro has been offered the Star Wars Episode VIII villain role. Whether he’ll take it or not remains to be seen, and precisely how he fits into the story’s overall span remains unknown.

Update: Benicio del Toro has confirmed talks for Star Wars: Episode VIII to Entertainment Tonight, saying “I think that it might happen. It looks like it’s gonna happen, so I’m very excited.” Original story follows.

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Sicario trailer

This fall brings the arrival in theaters of Sicario, the latest film from Enemy and Prisoners director Denis Villeneuve, with a cast highlighted by Emily Blunt, Benicio del Toro, and Josh Brolin. The three play corners on a triangle of official and sometimes very unofficial players in the war between law agencies and Mexican drug cartels.

This new Sicario trailer has some of the same footage as the last domestic trailer, but it is a bit shorter, so it reveals less, and it is cut in a slightly more broad manner, presumably to get its ideas across to a larger audience. It is still quite good, and still makes Emily Blunt look like a total badass.  Read More »

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Below you’ll also find new trailers for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2, the latest James Bond adventure Spectre and the full trailer for Pixar’s The Good Dinosaur. Check out all this and the rest of the Best Stories of the Week after the jump! Read More »

Sicario

Who would have guessed, when Emily Blunt first broke through as Meryl Streep’s snobby assistant in The Devil Wears Prada, that she’d go on to have a career as a badass action hero? Yet here we are with Looper and Edge of Tomorrow and now Sicario, the latter of which promises to be her darkest turn yet.

Directed by Denis Villeneuve, Sicario follows an FBI agent involved with the war on drugs. Her latest assignment takes her to the U.S.-Mexico border in the company of two men, a CIA official played by Josh Brolin and a mysterious consultant played by Benicio del Toro. Watch the first Sicario trailer after the jump. Read More »

Sicario clip

We’re seeing more of Sicario, the new film from Denis Villeneuve, very slowly. There were a few images, then a poster. And if you want to know more about the film, there are quite a few reviews floating around from the film’s Cannes premiere. Now there’s also a Sicario clip, and while we wait for the film’s official trailer, it’s a good first taste of the work by Emily Blunt, Benicio del Toro, and Josh Brolin, playing a set of government consultants and agents who form an uneasy alliance to fight one battle in the war on drugs. Read More »