In late 2012, Disney bought Lucasfilm, the creators of “Star Wars.” Over the years, “Star Wars” has gained a huge fan base, so this was seemingly the best business move of the decade. Disney bought Lucasfilm and its subsidiaries for $4 billion. In return, George Lucas (founder of Lucasfilm) received 40 million shares of Disney, making him the second largest stakeholder in the company.
Episode VII was released in late 2015 and the company has decided to release a film every other year. It hopes to release an episode VIII and IX and go from there.
This week, Disney released the slated cast for the next episode of “Star Wars.” Actors and actresses that will appear in the film include Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, and Andy Serkis. New members will include Laura Dern, Kelly Marie Tran and last but not least, Benicio del Toro.
Toro, whose net worth is currently $45 million, has earned his money through acting for many years. The 48-year-old is the third Puerto Rican in history to have received an Academy Award. He has been in many major Hollywood films including “Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Thor” and “Sin City.” Now, with the actor’s name slated on “Episode VIII,” his net worth is likely to increase.
Others who have starred in previous “Star Wars” films have had a significant increase in net worth after the films. Carrie Fisher, whose only done “Star Wars” and some television, has a net worth of $5 million. Harrison Ford’s net worth is $210 million. Mark Hamill, who played the part of Luke Skywalker, has a net worth of $6 million. Del Toro, whose already established himself in the acting world, will likely only see an increase in his overall net worth.
It seems “Star Wars” fans everywhere have waited for the release of Episode VII. Now, they will be awaiting the release date of Episode VIII. Episode VII, “The Force Awakens,” can be best described as a story about Han Solo. Well, Episode VIII will be a Luke Skywalker story. It is not yet known what part Benicio del Toro will play in the film, but it will probably be one of the most anticipated movies he’s ever been part of.
The film currently has a anticipated release date some time in 2017. Although the cast has been announced, no one is aware of what parts each person will be playing (outside of the cast from Episode VII). Each actor and actress will have the opportunity, however, to have a part in one of the most anticipated movies of that year. Each of them are likely to see an increase in net worth as well, just like Toro.
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