No weekend is complete without a wild rumor surfacing about the plot of Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi, and this week is no different. After the first poster for the upcoming movie was revealed — hinting at some important changes for Rey — the rumor mill has been sent into overdrive, churning out unfounded hearsay like so many gallons of blue milk. And here's your daily dose!
This rumor comes to us courtesy of Mike Zeroh, a YouTuber whose previous reports include Rey Will Definitely Lose A Hand Because That's Not Repetitive and My Buddy Told Me The First Line Of The Trailer.
Granted, some of these rumors actually seem to come from inside sources (not that they're verifiable of course). The credentials for this one, however, are only to be trusted if someone has Jedi-mind-tricked you into believing whatever you read on the internet — so, y'know, if you're one of the vast majority of people who use the internet. But enough preamble, on to the very definitely true account of how Boba Fett's son will appear in #StarWars8!
Benicio Del Toro's Mystery Role
Ever since the new characters were announced for #TheLastJedi, fans have been clamoring to know who they are. But of course, this is #StarWars so Lucasfilm aren't going to toss us so much as a name before the trailer is finally released, and we're all just going to suck it up and deal with it. If, by dealing with it you mean speculating wildly on the internet which of course I do.
Zeroh's newest report supposedly reveals that del Toro is actually playing "Vicram Fett", probably the son of Boba Fett — the guy who has all of four lines in the original trilogy and yet became insanely popular thanks to having a cool helmet. If that doesn't jog your memory, here's a clip of his first appearance in the critically reviled — and still technically canon — Star Wars Holiday Special.
Wow well wasn't that... something. Honestly it's Fett's pet pink sea monster that really sells it to me.
Anyway, del Toro's role in Star Wars Episode 8 — which previous reports referred to only as "the man in black" — was listed on the website Wikiwand as "Sir Vicram Fett", as Zeroh discovered this weekend while surfing the web. He didn't think much of this listing, until he checked again and the name had been suspiciously removed, only to be replaced with "TBA". Zeroh thinks this edit may have been at the behest of Lucasfilm itself, though it seems equally likely that the Wikiwand editor may have just realized their mistake.
In fact, a more exhaustive dive into the forgotten annals of the internet reveals the answer to all of this confusion, as this isn't the first time the name "Vikram" has been attached to del Toro's role...
Ghosts Of Vikrams Past
Back in mid 2016, a long and supposedly leaked plot summary of The Last Jedi was posted on Reddit. This summary, although totally unfounded, quickly became the catalyst for a lot of separate rumors — from Rey being the reincarnation of Anakin Skywalker, to Star Wars 8 revealing the origin of the Force, pretty much any rumored plot point originates from this one summary. Isn't the internet fun!
The Reddit summary also pinpoints Benicio del Toro as playing "Lord Vikram", a Republic senator.
The Republic is being led by an interim dictator named Lord Vikram (Benicio Del Toro), who was quickly put into power by the few senators still around to maintain order.
So there you have it — this apparent casting revelation seems to actually be a case of Chinese whispers, wherein the author of Wikiwand saw a version of this leaked summary that had combined other unfounded Star Wars 8 rumors, giving del Toro the role of Boba Fett's oddly named son.
Of course, it could be that within this pile of Bantha fodder a grain of truth is lurking. Specifically, the name "Vikram" could well have been used at some point during The Last Jedi's production — either as the name of del Toro's character, or a working title for someone else. We've seen this happen before several times: Rey's first prototype name, Kira, made the internet rounds before #TheForceAwakens was released, and Jyn was thought to be called Lyra (her mother's name) because of similar leaks from the Rogue One set.
Therefore, if anything is true about this rumor it's probably just that the name Vikram has been tossed around The Last Jedi production, and could be the name of del Toro's character. The fact that he's a descendent of Boba Fett seems more like wishful thinking — but with a Boba Fett movie in the works who knows, this could be true.