Star Wars: The Last Jedi First Look at Newcomers Benecio del Toro and Laura Dern

Star Wars: The Last Jedi First Look at Newcomers Benecio del Toro and Laura Dern

Vanity Fair’s cover story for Star Wars: The Last Jedi was officially released today and has provided fans with a first look at some of the newcomers in the cast, Benecio del Toro and Laura Dern.  Although there aren’t a significant amount of details provided about the two new characters, there is now plenty of intrigue surrounding them.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi Cast Newcomer Benecio del Toro "DJ"
Photograph by Annie Leibovitz

Benecio del Toro’s new character dubbed “DJ” by the filmmakers is a suspicious character with unclear allegiances.  Although unnamed in the film, director Rian Johnson said “You’ll see – there is a reason we call him DJ.”  The aesthetic of Leibovitz’s photo certainly evokes some mystery around del Toro’s character and it will be interesting to see what role “DJ” plays in the second chapter of this trilogy.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi Cast Newcomer Laura Dern "Vice Admiral Holdo"
Photograph by Annie Leibovitz

In stark contrast to del Toro’s character is Vice Admiral Holdo, a prominent Resistance officer played by Jurassic Park star Laura Dern.  Dern is dressed in an extravagant purple formal dress with a vibrant, colorful harido to match.  It is not yet known whether she is set to be a political adversary of General Leia Organa, played by the late Carrie Fisher.

While footage and details continue to be limited in regards to the new characters, it is great to finally get a glimpse of del Toro and Dern beginning to bring life into their new roles.  Adding another two big name actors is certainly a win for the franchise, as Star Wars has a tendency to cast relatively unknown names in variety of roles.  As the franchise continues to be successful in its rebirth and cover new and exciting elements of the universe, don’t be surprised to see other big names sign on to be a part of the films moving forward.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi releases in theaters December 15, 2017.


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