Benicio del Toro’s DJ embodies the phrase “can’t be bothered.”
We’re roughly two weeks out from the official release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi (pause for any anticipated-induced squeals), and the media has been doing an expert job of compounding intrigue for the eight series installment. Empire Magazine hopped the hype train once again on Thursday, unveiling a brand-new photo of Del Toro’s enigmatic Last Jedi character DJ, a codebreaker who pairs up with John Boyega’s Finn and newcomer Kelly Marie Tran’s Rose Tico.
Though the snap doesn’t dish up any groundbreaking information on DJ, it does offer a better look as to what the character looks like and how he interacts with his surroundings. Described as an “underworld slicer,” DJ looks lackadaisical, scuffed-up, and slightly shady as he leans his back on a booth and stretches his arms out along the juxtaposing platform.
Check out the photo at the bottom of this article.
Del Toro recently opened up to Empire, noting that his character “could come straight out of a Bob Dylan or Tom Waites song, or even a Dostoyevsky novel.” He added, “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.”
His co-star Boyega doubled down on that sentiment, telling Entertainment Weekly that DJ is “the best [codebreaker]in the galaxy,” but he only agrees to help Finn and Rose for his own benefit. “He’s very dodgy and only in it for financial gain. He doesn’t fight for any side,” said Boyega. “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.”
Del Toro joins another fresh face making their debut in The Last Jedi: Laura Dern, who plays the tough-as-nails Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo. The film also stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Anthony Daniels, Domhnall Gleeson, Gwendoline Christie, Lupita Nyong’o, and Andy Serkis.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi will premiere on December 15.