Vice Admiral Holdo, Rose Tico, and DJ are undoubtedly the three buzzworthy newcomers to Star Wars: The Last Jedi‘s human cast. But whereas Holdo and Tico fight on behalf of the Resistance, it’s difficult to know exactly where Benicio Del Toro’s hacker stands in the imminent sequel.
Back when the actor first climbed on board, his underworld drifter became associated with the word ‘villain,’ but it turns out DJ actually operates between good and evil – between the light and the dark. Granted, Del Toro’s character is still riddled with mystery and head-scratching ambiguity, but thanks to Empire Magazine, we now have some new intel (along with a high-res action shot!) pertaining to Benicio Del Toro’s newcomer. And, well, let’s just say it’s better to stay in his good books.
This character could come straight out of a Bob Dylan or Tom Waites song, or even a Dostoyevsky novel. He’s like something out of Dickens; there have been characters like him in all kinds of literature. He’s like a knife: if you grab him by the blade, he’ll cut you. If you grab him by the handle, he can be very, very useful.
Decked out in true Star Wars attire, Benicio Del Toro’s DJ will first appear on Canto Bight, the lush casino city teeming with rich assholes and fantastical aliens. That’s the destination of Rose and Finn, who will spend the opening segment of The Last Jedi getting back on his feet. One long spell in the bacta tank and John Boyega’s turncoat is right as rain, which is just as well given the First Order is ready to stage a resurgence following the events of The Force Awakens.
How does DJ factor into this overarching story? Well, the most recent teasers for Star Wars: The Last Jedi have shown Del Toro’s character dressed in Imperial garb, so perhaps he’ll help Finn and Rose infiltrate a Star Destroyer? We’ll know for sure once Rian Johnson’s follow-up blasts off on December 15th.