At this point we haven’t even arrived at the release date for Star Wars: The Force Awakens yet, but with Disney and Lucasfilm laying out an expanding slate of new films, it’s never too early to look to the future. Looper director Rian Johnson is set to take the helm on Star Wars: Episode VIII, which doesn’t hit theaters until May 2017, but just the other day they cast the film’s main villain, Benicio Del Toro. The Oscar-winning actor is in talks to play the primary antagonist, and while we don’t know who he is, we’ve got some ideas.

This is, obviously, sheer conjecture. We don’t even know what happens in The Force Awakens, so trying to predict what is going to happen in the movie beyond that is a bit of a stretch, but looking to the Expanded Universe, there are some intriguing possibilities we wouldn’t mind seeing on screen. Granted, the EU is no longer official cannon, but Lucasfilm has said that it’s open for potential mining for future installments, so it’s possible that we could see one of these characters, or even just specific traits, in the movies sometime over the next few years. And what the hell, half the fun of these new Star Wars movies is trying to figure out what the hell they’re going to do.

Thrawn
Grand Admiral Thrawn
Grand Admiral Thrawn is a nasty enough villain to warrant his own series of books in the Expanded Universe, as well as appearances in numerous other installments. An Imperial officer, after the destruction of the second Death Star and the death of Emperor Palpatine and Darth Vader, he took command of the remaining forces left in disarray intending to attack the fledgling new republic. A cold, calculating military man, Del Toro could play Thrawn as a large-scale villain, orchestrating everything, much like the Emperor before him. Perhaps he could even be the big bag lurking in the background, controlling the First Order, pulling the strings of The Force Awakens villains like Kylo Ren, Captain Phasma, and General Hux.

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