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What We Know About Benicio Del Toro in ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’

While we have been gifted little bits of information about Star Wars: The Last Jedi via the teaser trailer and the sizzle reel, there is still plenty we don’t know. Disney has kept the movie more shrouded in mystery than anything they’ve done in recent memory. What is going on with Luke Skywalker? How will the major characters move on from the death of Han Solo? And what are Supreme Leader Snoke’s intentions?

Then there is the new character, the mysterious “man in black” played by Benicio Del Toro. We scoured the internet to find out everything we could about Del Toro’s character in The Last Jedi. Who is he and what is he going to do? Here is what we know so far.

1. They’re calling him ‘DJ’ for now

Director Rian Johnson at a panel discussion for Star Wars Celebration Day.

Director Rian Johnson at a panel discussion for Star Wars Celebration Day. Director Rian Johnson has been tight-lipped over DJ’s identity. | Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images

According to The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson, Del Toro’s character does have a name: DJ. But whether or not that’s his actual name or if it’s just an acronym, well, that’s not so clear.

“Yeah. Well, that’s what we call him,” said Johnson. But when asked whether DJ merely stands for something else, he responded, “It does, yeah.”

What could “DJ” mean in the Star Wars universe? If the first letter stood for “Darth,” that would be a significant thing to hide leading up to the movie. But there are some that are wondering if Del Toro’s character’s pseudonym might stand for Dark Jedi, which is a topic that the Star Wars canon has explored in recent years.

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