The Last Jedi: Details on Benicio Del Toro’s Character Revealed?

The team at Making Star Wars has come across more spoiler-based information on The Last Jedi, regarding a location, character, and ship!






More on Canto Bight


In addition to confirming that Canto Bight is indeed the name of a location in the film, which appears to most likely be that of a city, MSW added:


I can confirm that those are in fact Canto Bight police and I have had reason to believe there was a Canto Bight jail set created for Star Wars: The Last Jedi as well. The first time I heard about the guys they were called “Jail House Guards.”



Previous on location photos have pinned Finn and Kelly Marie Tran’s character to that location. Is Finn breaking her out of jail? Are they breaking someone else out of jail? Could it be Benicio Del Toro’s character?



Del Toro’s Character Details


Details about Del Toro’s character have been a mystery until now. There has been the floating rumor that he will be a “man in black”, likely a villain, but not much else…until now:


He is either named D.J. or it is his code name used by the production. He wears all black. He has a trench coat on with a Han Solo-style belt at his waist to hold his blaster. His hair is short. He also has a strange cap that doesn’t have a bill to it. He looks slimy and dirty but the bill-less cap makes him look sort of like a throwback to a different era. He belongs in the criminal underworld by the looks of him. The man in black-style character we heard about is certainly there but his style evokes a few things in the design.



Is he playing a villain? Over a year ago when he was asked this, he replied, “I’m not supposed to say, but that’s what’s out there, so I’m not gonna try and fight it.” In addition to this Del Toro revealed to UPROXX that Johnson reached out to him to play the character.


“I’m looking forward to working with Rian Johnson too, who was the one that reached out to me and had the idea of me playing the character that I’m gonna play. So that’s kinda nice.”


Del Toro is no stranger to playing villainous characters which could have led Johnson to hand-pick him. It has been rumored since Del Toro’s casting that he was the film’s new antagonist. If The Last Jedi is to follow the pattern of previous Star Wars movies, protagonists are often scattered across the galaxy dealing with varying degrees of villains.


The wardrobe and physical description sounds like a criminal or thief of some sort. He is dressed in all black, dirty and slimy, with a brimless hat. That instantly makes me think of those black beanies crooks would wear in old school cops and robbers movies, and Rian Johnson did list To Catch a Thief as one of three movies he watched in preparation for making The Last Jedi. If you are unfamiliar with Alfred Hitchcock’s To Catch a Thief, it’s about a jewel thief who is summoned to catch another. Could Del Toro be a criminal sought to catch another?



The last bit of information revealed fortifies my belief that Del Toro will be playing some sort of thievish swindler:


His Fancy Ship


A clean and shiny prequel-era style ship is being connected to Del Toro’s character. It certainly doesn’t sound like something found at Mos Eisley spaceport or parked on the streets of your local trading outpost:


The cockpit has a very nice singular red seat for him to pilot from. In the back of the ship, it has a communal section like the Falcon where a crew could sit and socialize. But instead of dingy white seats and a chess board it has a very nice bright curved blue booth with a table (no word on a chess board) and it looks more like a nice hotel than something Han Solo would live in.


If Del Toro is indeed playing a villain, perhaps he stole this ship as a means of escape, possibly an escape from a certain jail we just mentioned? As MSW’s Jason Ward points out, his appearance doesn’t match the style and grace of the ship.


So what do you think? Sound off below with your theories and thoughts, but be kind to your fellow fans who wish to remain spoiler-free!




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55 thoughts on “The Last Jedi: Details on Benicio Del Toro’s Character Revealed?

    • April 6, 2017 at 1:42 am

      I doubt they will connect such a big character to a kids cartoon that 90% of the people in the theatres haven’t seen.

      • April 6, 2017 at 1:43 am

        Me too, but they could easily explain it for them, they just say who he is, there is no need to explain them he existed in cartoon, but huge fans will know that, same as Saw Gerrera

        • April 6, 2017 at 1:48 am

          Well you better hope Ezra picks up a heavy Puerto Rican accent in Season 4.

      • April 6, 2017 at 3:04 am

        They uncluded Saw Guerrera in RO and he just appeared in a few TCW episodes, so…

        • April 6, 2017 at 4:57 am

          And he wasn’t a big part of the movie and you didn’t need to see TCW to understand his role

          • April 6, 2017 at 5:46 pm

            Still happened to be there.

      • April 6, 2017 at 3:13 am

        I doubt it’s Bridger, but his being in the cartoon wouldn’t necessarily be an obstacle to his appearing in the film.

    • April 6, 2017 at 4:52 am


    • April 6, 2017 at 6:45 pm

      not for me…hoping Ezra gets smashed before Rebels comes to an end.

  • April 6, 2017 at 1:47 am

    “He is either named D.J. or it is his code name used by the production.”
    D. J. = Darth Jar-Jar
    Mystery solved!

  • April 6, 2017 at 2:07 am

    D. J. = Dark Jedi?

  • April 6, 2017 at 3:12 am

    could be playing a gangster. i believe bloodline showed elements of the underworld were in bed with the first order.

  • April 6, 2017 at 6:02 am

    So I’m guessing he was born somewhere close to Order 66 given Del Toro’s mature look? Surreal to think he’s a contemporary of Ezra.

  • April 6, 2017 at 9:30 am

    There are many reasons the originals worked, having “pd” police department does not sound Star Wars!

    • April 6, 2017 at 12:13 pm

      What DOES sound “Star Wars”?

      • April 7, 2017 at 2:37 am

        Anything that we’ve already seen before. But if you do ANYTHING familiar then it’s a rehash. /s

        • April 8, 2017 at 11:47 am

          I kind of suspected that much… 😉

    • April 6, 2017 at 1:08 pm

      Seems a tad nitpicky. I get it though. We’ve all got our preconceived notions. The way I look at it is… the galaxy is vast and many different cultures and such exist. So one world may call them police. Dozens… hundreds even. Doesn’t stop a few thousand others calling them something else.

    • April 6, 2017 at 3:23 pm

      There is a Police in Coruscant.

      • April 6, 2017 at 8:30 pm

        Ah yes, can’t recall specifics but wasn’t there an detective? Also the police officers were droids, not that its an issue, but did they have something like CPD on them?

        • April 7, 2017 at 4:49 am

          Don’t remember now, but even their colours matched our polices. The sirens and lights too.

          And, Star Wars uses terms like ours, the military designations for instance.

    • April 6, 2017 at 8:02 pm

      If they never do anything new then you have people whining about them all being the same.

    • April 6, 2017 at 8:25 pm

      I agree. Using ‘PD’ on a Star Wars movie doesn’t make any sense. I hope this is debunked soon.

  • April 6, 2017 at 1:40 pm

    Not earthy references.. this is a galaxy far away

  • April 6, 2017 at 3:22 pm

    Sick plotline twist: What if when Yoda said “There is another Skywalker.” to Luke with his last words, he was really trying to say “There is another Skywalker……….you must defeat.” And all this time, he was never referring to Leia but to his half-brother (to be portrayed by Del Toro) who was fathered by Anakin after turning to the darkside. The conflict between them would take on so much more meaning and it’s a storyline that could last well beyond the present day films as the bloodline wars between Skywalkers could last for generations.

    • April 6, 2017 at 6:43 pm

      Can’t. Anakin got his weenie roasted off on mustafar!

      • April 6, 2017 at 6:58 pm

        Cloning techniques can be used to father children. So not a problem. Technology isn’t it wonderful?

        • April 6, 2017 at 7:12 pm

          if the emperor found out…he’d fry Vader again.

          • April 22, 2017 at 12:48 am

            Possibly or not. It depends of if Palpatine was deep into Darth Plagueis’ research or not?

  • April 6, 2017 at 3:30 pm

    The more details I hear about Del Toro the more I think he’ll be a bounty hunter or smuggler

  • April 6, 2017 at 4:27 pm

    I think most of us assume Del Toro will be a villian but I think it’d be really cool if he was an ex-con/smuggler/gambler who ends up fighting for the resistance. Kind of like a Han Solo replacement for the saga…..

  • April 6, 2017 at 5:09 pm

    “Prequel style ship”? Please. No.
    I want nothing “prequel style”.

    • April 6, 2017 at 6:23 pm

      Just stop…….

      • April 6, 2017 at 6:45 pm

        Stop what? Having an opinion that might be different from yours? God forbid.

        • April 6, 2017 at 6:56 pm

          That your prequel bashing is getting tiresome.

          • April 6, 2017 at 7:14 pm

            I am not at all alone in disliking them. Get over it.

          • April 6, 2017 at 7:38 pm

            Yeah but still…

          • April 6, 2017 at 7:54 pm

            They are horrid movies, some of the WORST movies I have ever seen — Star Wars notwithstanding.

          • April 8, 2017 at 8:14 am

            Still, they’re overhated.

          • April 6, 2017 at 7:59 pm

            Get used to it. The prequels aren’t getting any better. So there will always be people to offer opinions as to how bad they are.

          • April 6, 2017 at 8:25 pm

            But its boring. More importantly relating to the article what does it matter what the ship looks like until we see the film?

          • April 6, 2017 at 10:28 pm

            Since when do message board comments have to entertain you?

          • April 6, 2017 at 10:47 pm

            They don’t, but as it was pointed out they have a right to an opinion and so do I. My opinion is that its boring and whinny, without a hint of a constructive opinion. Since when did you have the right to pass judgement and question people?

          • April 7, 2017 at 12:28 am

            When exactly did I pass judgement and question people? You said that criticism of the prequels was boring, did you not? That implies that you expect everyone here to only comment in a way that personally entertains or engages you, or else it becomes, in your view, unacceptable for this message board. You made you the arbiter of what’s allowed to be posted here?

          • April 7, 2017 at 7:32 pm

            Wow calm down, I was just having an opinion, or are only certain people allowed? Your reading far to much into it. I have a right to say its boring, just as they’ve a right to post boring remarks, that’s what opinions are about.

            When did you pass judgement and question?

            “Since when do message board comments have to entertain you?”

            From a certain point of view that’s qualifies. If you don’t like it, tough, its my opinion.

        • April 6, 2017 at 7:55 pm

          Make it a constructive opinion and not a whine like a 6 year old child, unless if you are a child in which whine all you like.

    • April 6, 2017 at 7:54 pm

      SAME – I don’t want to see ANYTHING “Prequel Style”. The Prequels ARE the “skid mark” on the SW Legacy.

    • April 6, 2017 at 10:14 pm

      I wouldn’t mind seeing a PT era ship or two. It would make the world all the more better. 🙂

      • April 6, 2017 at 11:56 pm

        I can see them using a mixture of styles more to be honest, though more heavily that of the OT. Will be interesting to see, but I predict they will tie the whole saga together more visually than some would like.

  • April 6, 2017 at 6:18 pm

    I want him to be Ezra.

  • April 6, 2017 at 6:49 pm

    Enough of this…give me a trailer! Please God don’t let episode 8 suck!!!!

  • April 6, 2017 at 10:18 pm

    This sounds interesting. If Del toro’s character is(SPOILER ALERT) an underworld antagonist, I am totally down with that. And in all actuality makes a lot of sense. Like it or not, TFA was a movie pilot.And to my knowledge TLJ will be explaining the crux of this conflict. Namely, who the First Order are and the major players involved. And the underworld being a part of that, yes.

    One of my biggest criticisms of the OT is how there are no other factions associated with this conflict, aside from the Rebels and the Empire. We had reference to the mining guild in ESB and Legends did showcase Black Sun and other criminal/smuggler’s elements(KOTOR, especially). But really, it was a gallactic civil war. A war that extended throughout the entire galaxy. That is one thing I’ll give praise for the PT, aside from the movies. This being it showed different factions.

    Now, obviously, I do not want this movie to go too far deep into one faction. But the point is that we should at the very least know that they exist and what their take is on this conflict. If the New Canon wants to flesh out this world via comics, books, or games, that’s awesome.

    But overall, I’m really looking forward to it.

  • April 7, 2017 at 12:47 am

    D.J? Must be Dezra Jridger!

  • April 7, 2017 at 1:30 am

    Just making Del Toro another bounty hunter wouldn’t be anywhere near as compelling, even if he is the evil version of Han Solo. There are only two plot lines one could think of that would really take advantage of the mythology of the past films and canon.

    One is if they make Del Toro an adult up Ezra Bridger who turned evil and possibly founded The Knights of Ren. He only re-emerges long after the battle of Endor because Palpatine banished him to the outer rim due to his growth in power which was seen as a threat. Now with the chancellor dead and the knights built up to his liking, he can finally return. This would make Rebels even more interesting knowing we’ve been watching Del Toro’s character backstory all this time.

    And the other plot is him being Luke’s brother. If he’s neither, Del Toro’s character would be a generic bad guy just passing through without a deep backstory that connects him to everyone and everything else. And it’s the connective tissue that provides for the deepest intrigue and drama.

    Imagine if he and Luke were dueling and he was just like Dengar, a plain bad guy disconnected from Luke. As opposed to them being brothers fighting to honor their father and eliminate one another from the family bloodline. Wanting to scrub each other from history to preserve their family is infinitely more engrossing than just another bad guy good guy skirmish.

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