After the mega success of Star Wars: The Force Awakens anticipation is extremely high for the next chapter in the saga. One of the more speculated upon pieces of news is the casting of Sicario star Benicio Del Toro. As of now nothing is known regarding Del Toro's role whether he's a villain, hero, Sith, Jedi or something else all together. Benicio himself has been cryptic first saying last July,
"The thing is… they don’t let me talk too much about it. I’m like the villain. But… we’ll see."
That quote, while vague, still offers a little insight, of course until Del Toro said this later in the year,
" 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. It's nice to keep people in the dark, a little bit of mystery is good. If they want to believe it’s the villain, then good."
Thanks Benicio, really helpful.
Anyways one rumor that's been floating around the interwebs is that Del Toro's character is sort of a politician who has some nefarious dealings with those of the Dark Side. I may have uncovered a clue to corroborate that claim.
In an recent interview with USA today Claudia Gray, author of the hit novel Star Wars: Lost Stars talked about her upcoming book Bloodlines. The novel centers around General Leia and takes place six years before the events of he Force Awakens. Perhaps this novel will give us some insight into the fractured family dynamic in The Force Awakens and reveal clues about some of the more enigmatic characters. In the interview Claudia gave some insight into her new project and several things stood out. One was a quote about a new character named Ransolm Casterfo who Gray describes as:
"an ambitious young senator who's Leia's political opposite in virtually every way. He even collects artifacts from the Empire, like pro-Palpatine banners, pieces of armor, and so on"
Whoa! Not only does that guy sound like an awesome villain but fits in nicely with some of those Del Toro rumors. Not to mention the name Ransolm Casterfo suits Benicio very well. Granted this is all speculation and this may be a character just for the novel Bloodline. To me it sounds like out first glimpse of a major character who perhaps causes Leia to leave the Republic for the Resistance. Either way I'm really excited to read Gray's novel on May 3rd.