‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’: Here’s Who Benicio Del Toro is Really Playing

As with all things Star Wars, info on anything upcoming is pretty hard to come by – particularly when it comes to character details.

One of the many characters in Star Wars: The Last Jedi that has been the focus of much speculation is DJ, played by Oscar winner Benicio Del Toro. LucasFilm has up until now kept DJ’s details mostly hidden, only releasing the following character description:

DJ is an enigmatic figure whose tattered, threadbare clothes and lackadaisical attitude conceal a sharp mind and expert skills.

And Del Toro himself has kept fans guessing, saying that he’s playing “like the villain,” then saying he actually wasn’t aware if he was a baddie or not.

Well, we finally have more details to go on.

As part of EW‘s Last Jedi cover story, it has been revealed that DJ is a key component of the mission that finds Finn (John Boyega) and Rose (new cast member Kelly Marie Tran) in Canto Bight, a wealthy, gambling resort city. Whether they take DJ there or find him there isn’t yet known.

Here’s a look at Canto Bight:

Regarding the character himself, it appears that his “sharp mind and expert skills” are essential: he’s the best hacker in the galaxy. Unfortunately for Finn and Rose, he can’t exactly be trusted.

“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,” Boyega explained.

“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.”

It’s going to be interesting to see just what this codebreaker, who are known as “slicers” in Star Wars lore, will be needed for in the upcoming chapter. It’s also exciting to have a character that is neither a villain or hero, just someone out for themselves.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which will also star Mark Hamill, Daisy Ridley, Carrie Fisher, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Adam Driver, Domhnall Gleeson, Laura Dern, Gwendoline Christie and Lupita Nyong’o, will arrive in Australia on December 14 and opens in the U.S. on December 15.

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