This morning brings about an influx of great information and images for Star Wars: The Last Jedi. So much so, it’s hard to parse through it all, but I’m going to try and break down a few of the bigger details revealed this moring thanks to Vanity Fair.
Okay, let’s start off with some of the new characters this time around. While we caught a glimpse of her during Celebration the other month, Kelly Marie Tran’s character gets a full name, Rose Tico. She’s a maintenance worker in the Resistance (and has a sister named Paige, played by Veronica Ngo, who’s a pilot) and she’ll play a major part in the new film where she goes behind enemy lines with John Boyega’s Finn.
Of course, she’s not the only new character this time around, as Benicio del Toro and Laura Dern had been announced as part of the cast, though their roles were unknown until now. Laura Dern is playing the role of Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo, an officer for the Resistance. She’s a colorful character, obviously, and definitely different from what we’ve seen in the Resistance so far. At the very least, her character promising to be an interesting one and showing a different side of the galactic conflict, which should be in all out war this time around.
Benicio del Toro is playing…well, we don’t know. The report revealed his character isn’t named on screen, and no one seems eager to divulge his identity just yet. He’s only being referred to as DJ by the crew, and supposedly we’ll understand the nickname based on what he does in the film. He’s only really described as a shifty character, so there’s no telling what part he’ll play in the larger story and how it will affect our heroes.
On top of the new characters, today’s new images revealed another location we’ll be seeing on the big screen this December, with a gaudy casino, Canto Bite. “a Star Wars Monte Carlo–type environment, a little James Bond–ish, a little To Catch a Thief,” the director said. “It was an interesting challenge, portraying luxury and wealth in this universe.” This locale comes into play during Rose and Finn’s adventure and will feature a number of aliens to pick apart in the background (much like Maz’s castle from The Force Awakens).
Look, Vanity Fair has done a great job bringing everything together, so I encourage you to head to their site and read the full cover story rather than have me just recap every single thing. It’s a well written piece with plenty of more minor details to peruse, but for now, let’s finish this up with a look at some of the gorgeous images from Anne Leibovitz:
Star Wars: The Last Jedi hits theaters on December 15, 2017.