Despite the recent deluge of new commercials and teasers for The Last Jedi, one new addition to the galaxy far, far away has mostly remained out of sight thus far: Benicio Del Toro‘s ethically dubious computer expert DJ. But a new photo of the character shows that even if DJ will find himself in the middle of an epic battle between the Resistance and First Order, that doesn’t mean he’s going to lose his chill in the process. Possibly because he can’t lose.
Empire magazine shared a new image of Del Toro’s character along with some insights into how much he can or cannot be trusted. He looks cool, calm, and collected in his comfortable long coat and loose fitting clothes, and that devil-may-care vibe seems appropriate for a character described as “morally ambiguous.”
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Del Toro’s DJ is a slicer: a highly skilled computer expert adept at extracting stolen information from systems. Basically, the Star Wars equivalent of an illegal computer hacker. So just because DJ will be working with the Resistance in the film doesn’t mean they should entirely trust him. Del Toro compared DJ to a knife, saying, “If you grab him by the blade, he’ll cut you. If you grab him by the handle, he can be very, very useful.” (That’s a great lesson to remember for both computer hackers and actual knives.) He also said the character reminds him of a Dickens character, or someone who came “straight out of a Bob Dylan or Tom Waits song, or even a Dostoyevsky novel.”
We’re gonna guess he’s not exactly a ray of sunshine then. Even if he looks so damn cool in the few pictures of him we’ve seen.
These descriptions of him being a kind of lone wolf out for himself, along with his laid back pose in the photo, lend to comparisons with Han Solo. Still, there’s something about those comments from del Toro that make us think DJ will not prove as dependable as Han Solo once did in the fight for the galaxy. And coupled with the concerns about how much Resistance leader Admiral Holdo can be trusted, we’re starting to worry about how bad things could get for the good guys here when two people working for them might be double agents.
What do you think? Is DJ likely to play a dirty trick on the Resistance? Tell us what you think in the comments below.