The names of Laura Dern and Benicio Del Toro’s characters in Star Wars: The Last Jedi have officially been revealed, along with small bits about their roles in the film. There’s no question that since the new Star Wars trilogy began, official details have been incredibly hard to come by. And while The Force Awakens at least parted with character names, details and teaser trailers early on, Disney/Lucasfilm with the The Last Jedi has been keeping details under tight wraps, with only the first trailer of the film coming at Star Wars Celebration coming last month.
And while fans were introduced to one new character at the gathering – Kelly Marie Tran, who is playing Rose – details were mysteriously absent about who Dern and Del Toro would be playing. That all changed Wednesday, though, as Vanity Fair, in a big salute to the 40th anniversary of the first Star Wars film on May 25th, not only revealed new photos from the production, but published new details from The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson.
Johnson tells the publication that Del Toro plays a “shady character” named DJ (Del Toro has a rogue-ish look in his character photo). The filmmaker wouldn’t say who DJ’s allegiances were too, but added a bit more about his name, saying, “You’ll see—there’s a reason why we call him DJ.” The name of Dern’s character is Vice Admiral Holdo, who is a prominent officer in the Resistance.
More details were also revealed about Tran’s character, Rose, who fans learned at Star Wars Celebration was the largest of all the new roles. Her full name is Rose Tico, and her role in the film “involves a mission behind enemy lines with Boyega’s Finn,” Vanity Fair says. The publication noted that Rose is the sister of character named Paige, whom the reporter witnessed in a scene with Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac).
The revelations about Dern’s character essentially confirms reported rumors about her character last month, where she was revealed to be playing “Admiral Holdo.” The description of Holdo also seems to match the rumors, including the character’s regal gown and pink hairdo (which appears more lavender to match her gown).
The release of the new details from The Last Jedi were perfectly timed, and not only because it capitalizes with the 40th anniversary of A New Hope. Fans have been clamoring for anything new from the production, especially since the release of the film a mere seven months away. Apart from that, the film’s merchandising push is bound to begin soon. Since Star Wars alone boosted movie merchandising sales 5 percent last year, toymakers will be itching to reveal action figures and more of not only Star Wars favorites, but new characters as well, since Force Friday II is set for September 1.
Source: Vanity Fair