New Details On Benicio Del Toro's Character In Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Find out who DJ is and how he fits into the story of the Star Wars sequel!
Who Is DJ In Star Wars: The Last Jedi?
When Vanity Fair unveiled its Annie Leibovitz shots from Star Wars: The Last Jedi earlier this year, fans were mostly curious to see the new characters from the movie. Benicio Del Toro was a major addition to the ensemble, but at that point we knew basically nothing about who he might be playing. However, the article revealed that Del Toro would be playing a character named “DJ”, described as an enigmatic figure whose “tattered, threadbare clothes and lackadaisical attitude conceal a sharp mind and expert skills.” Intriguing, but still enigmatic. As part of EW’s new Last Jedi cover story we learn a bit more about DJ, but not much. He’s involved in the mission that brings John Boyega’s Finn and Kelly Marie Tran’s Rose to the gambling resort city of Canto Bight, and as Boyega reveals, DJ essentially plays a war profiteer saying, “We just need a codebreaker and he’s the best in the galaxy. Unfortunately, he’s very dodgy and only in it for financial gain. He doesn’t fight for any side.. He has distinct opinions. The Resistance bombs the First Order one day, the First Order bombs the Resistance on another. It’s an ongoing war that will never end. For him, he’s trying to benefit off of that — which doesn’t make him the person you want to trust.”
So, Del Toro isn’t playing a new Sith baddie or a Resistance fighter, he’s a gray-area rogue with a focus on technology over mythology or mysticism. That makes him a fascinating addition to the ensemble, especially in the shadow of Han Solo’s death, and it’ll be curious to see how he fits into the story overall. It'd be fun to see him reluctantly join the Resistance, and come back in Episode IX for a major heroic role. Maybe he could even take over as captain of the Millennium Falcon alongside Chewbacca. However, he could also end up betraying them to the First Order much like Lando Calrissian, but perhaps end up being less remorseful.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is written and directed by Rian Johnson, produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Bern Gorman, and stars Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson, Gwendoline Christie, Kelly Marie Tran, Lupita Nyong'o, Andy Serkis, Laura Dern, Benicio Del Toro, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, Carrie Fisher, and Mark Hamill. As Rey begins her training in the way of the Force with Luke Skywalker, Kylo Ren learns the ways of the Dark Side from Supreme Leader Snoke. Meanwhile, General Leia and Poe Dameron lead the Resistance as the General Hux and Captain Phasma take the fight to them with the full power of the First Order, and Finn goes on an undercover mission with rebel mechanic Rose. The movie opens in theaters on December 15.