A few months ago, Academy Award winner Benicio Del Toro was confirmed to appear in the upcoming Star Wars film. Information regarding his character has been little to none, but it has been noted that he will play a big role in the movie. Even before the movie began to shoot, Del Toro teased that he was to play a “villain” of sort, but was never actually confirmed. Thanks to a recent chat between the Sicario actor and Entertainment Weekly, fans now have an inside scoop on what to expect of him in The Last Jedi.
In the sit-down with EW, the Puerto Rican (¡Wepa!) actor made some clarifications regarding his character stating, “I don’t know if he’s a villain. People are saying that, but it’s like they read a different script than I read.” EW believes he might just be teasing fans to derail his true intentions in the film, but there’s still some information they picked up.
Del Toro’s character is named DJ. Lucasfilm describes him as following:
DJ is an enigmatic figure whose tattered, threadbare clothes and lackadaisical attitude conceal a sharp mind and expert skills.
EW reassures that DJ is part of a mission that characters Finn (John Boyega) and Rose (Kelly Marie Tran) have and that it leads them to the wealthy, gambling city of Canto Bright. As to what they’ll do to DJ, fans will have to wait for the film to find out.
John Boyega has talked about why they need DJ in the film:
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 […]
EW gave an interesting point regarding DJ’s skills. They state the following:
In Star Wars parlance, a hacker is known as a “slicer,” and this is a side of the lore that the movies haven’t typically explored. Most of the saga has been devoted to the mystical side of things — the Jedi, the Sith, the Force — rather than the technological aspects George Lucas placed within his sci-fi/fantasy.
Boyega also goes on about DJ being a man of interest, which is strikingly similar to Del Toro’s role as The Collector in Guardians of The Galaxy:
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.
As to which level Del Toro will take his character for the film, actress Kelly Marie Tran described his performance as “coiled and disturbing.”
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.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi will release in theaters December 15, 2017.
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Source: Entertainment Weekly
Written by: Christian Quiles 🇵🇷