3:04pm PT by Graeme McMillan
'The Last Jedi' Finally Brings a Hacker Into the 'Star Wars' Universe
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is just two weeks away from release, and yet almost nothing remains known about DJ, the new character played by Benicio Del Toro in the movie. I say almost nothing, because now his occupation has been revealed … and it’s an unusual one, when it comes to Star Wars movies.
According to Empire, which debuted a new image of Del Toro from The Last Jedi on Friday, DJ is “an underworld slicer.” While that sounds more like something someone would do with a lightsaber, a slicer in Star Wars terms is roughly analogous to a computer hacker in real world terms … which makes his purpose in The Last Jedi all the more curious.
Slicers are a common thing in Star Wars spinoff material — they’ve shown up in novels, comics and video games — but not only have they not shown up in the movies so far, DJ’s appearance will end a long-running Star Wars movie tradition: that only droids know how to operate computers beyond simply pressing a button and waiting for something to happen.
Quite what DJ will be doing in The Last Jedi — and for which side of the conflict — is likely to remain under wraps until the movie opens Dec. 15. In the meantime, R2-D2 and BB-8 had better brush up their resumes if the humans are starting to work with computers on the big screen, just in case.