Since production began on The Last Jedi all of us have been wondering what part Oscar-winner Benicio Del Toro would be playing. Is he Ezra Bridger (of course not)? Is he a Knight of Ren? Or maybe, just maybe, he’s a completely new character (GASP). After learning his name in the June issue of Vanity Fair, we finally have some more information in The Last Jedi spread in EW this week.
Del Toro has flip-flopped a bit when it comes to the intentions the character. When first asked about the role he said he was playing a villainous role only to change his story a bit later saying that his intentions and loyalties were unclear.
The latter seems to be the case in The Last Jedi and Lucasfilm gives a quote that perfectly encapsulates the character, saying
DJ is an enigmatic figure whose tattered, threadbare clothes and lackadaisical attitude conceal a sharp mind and expert skills.
But how does he fit into the narrative of the film? I’ll let EW tell you.
DJ is part of the mission that John Boyega’s Finn and Kelly Marie Tran’s Rose undertake to the wealthy, gambling resort city of Canto Bight. But … do they bring him there? Do they capture him there? Do they free him there?
Finn and Rose need the Star Wars equivalent of a hacker, known as a slicer for the mission and that’s where DJ fits in. What exactly they need to slice or what else DJ may do is still unclear and we’re going to have to wait for December 15th to see the full story.
From this and pretty much everything the actors and director is saying about the film, the line between good and evil is going to be a bit blurred in The Last Jedi. Having characters like DJ and not knowing where their loyalties lie are going to be a nice change of pace from the usual black and white morality of the Star Wars universe.
Finally one of the most interesting parts of the article is hearing Kelly Marie Tran describe what it was like to work with Del Toro when they were on set and when he was in character.
When I was onset with that character, I felt like there was a tiger in the room, and I always had to be watching,” she says. “Like an animal, at any moment he could do something, and I didn’t know what.
He embodies that underbelly that everybody loves in Star Wars. Canto Bight is the perfect place to see him work and I could not be more excited to see how Del Toro will bring the character to life.
You can watch Breznican’s video on DJ below:
Source: Entertainment Weekly