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New Details Emerge On Benicio Del Toro’s Mysterious THE LAST JEDI Character

New Details Emerge On Benicio Del Toro’s Mysterious THE LAST JEDI Character

Since it’s been announced that Oscar winner Benicio del Toro (Traffic) was cast in the upcoming chapter of the Star Wars saga, The Last Jedi, fans have been wondering just what type of role the new character, known as “DJ,” would play. First Order? Resistance?

The official one-liner on him is that “DJ is an enigmatic figure whose tattered, threadbare clothes and lackadaisical attitude conceal a sharp mind and expert skills.” But doesn’t tell us much, does it? After all, skills in the Star Wars universe can come in all shapes and sizes.

And we’ve also learned in past reveals that DJ is part of the mission that John Boyega‘s character Finn and Marie Tran’s Rose undertake to the gaming resort city known as Canto Bight. But we also didn’t know what part he played in that mission, that is until Lucasfilm decided to reveal more info about the mysterious character in the new EW cover story about The Last Jedi.

Benicio Del Toro’s coworkers had something to add to all this, John Boyega said;

“We just need a code breaker 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.”

Meanwhile, Tran was transfixed by his performance, she told EW;

“When I was onset with that character, I felt like there was a tiger in the room, and I always had to be watching. Like an animal, at any moment he could do something, and I didn’t know what.”

It does not sound like we are going to get much more info about the cagey DJ, but we like what we hear. Add del Toro’s inscrutable acting chops to the mix, and this could be one of those promising characters in the ever-expanding Star Wars universe.

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J. Don Birnam

J. Don Birnam, a voting member of the New York Film Critics Online, has been a movie lover since he saw the first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film in theaters at a tender age, and has been a devoted student of American film history every since. His favorite films range from Back to the Future to West Side Story, depending on the time of day, and has a mildly unhealthy obsessions with the Academy Awards. Any similarity with the slightly unstable writer in the seminal 1944 film 'The Lost Weekend' is pure coincidence

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