We’ve been wanting to know more about DJ in ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi‘ for a while now and Benicio Del Toro (‘Snatch’,’The Usual Suspects’) has actually given us more details than we were expecting! He doesn’t have a lot to say on his role but what he does open up about explains a bit about who he is and what he is doing in the film. One interesting point on the character is that much as Han Solo was once someone who made a profit on smuggling around the ongoing war between the Empire and the Resistance, DJ will be profiting directly from the current conflict by playing both sides against one another.
Talk about the perfect guy whose help someone might need.
When talking about his personality in ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’, Del Toro describes DJ as:
“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.”
DJ has previously been described as a Slicer and the description Del Toro uses for that is:
“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.”
As to how he gets wrapped up in all of this? Del Toro doesn’t answer that one but thankfully John Boyega shares what Finn and Kelly Marrie Tran’s Rose need him for!
“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.. 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.”
You have to wonder if this means a betrayal is going to happen in this film or if we might see him evolve in the same way that Solo did over the original trilogy.
Are you excited to see Benicio Del Toro’s DJ appear in ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’? Do you feel that he’ll end up as friend or foe to our heroes? Share your thoughts below!