“Star Wars Episode VIII” is still without a title, but it does have a new cast member: Tom Hardy, he of “Mad Max: Fury Road” fame and a reported finalist to play James Bond now that Daniel Craig’s tenure as 007 has seemingly come to an end. Per the Daily Express, Hardy will have a cameo as a First Order stromtrooper à la Craig in “The Force Awakens” — which you may not have even realized was a thing until right now (I certainly didn’t.)
According to the report, Hardy’s character will recognize Finn (John Boyega) from behind during a brief scene and, thinking he’s still a fellow member of the First Order, mistakenly congratulate him on his promotion to Resistance Infiltrator.
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Other new additions to the franchise include Benicio del Toro as the new film’s villain and Laura Dern in an as-yet unspecified role. “Episode VIII” is being directed by Rian Johnson, who also helmed “Brick” and “Looper.” It’s set to be released on December 15, 2017.
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