The spoiler floodgates have opened recently, as Jason at MakingStarWars.net continues to provide new details about Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Yesterday, Canto Bight was revealed to be the name of the casino planet where the Dubrovnik scenes take place. Today Jason spills the beans about Benecio Del Toro and his role in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. There have been rumors of Benicio being somehow involved with the Casino planet, and now we finally have some details about his mysterious character, along with some added speculation. According to Making Star Wars:
“He is either named D.J. or it is his code name used by the production. He wears all black. He has a trench coat on with a Han Solo style belt at his waist to hold his blaster. His hair is short. He also has a strange cap that doesn’t have a bill to it. He looks slimy and dirty but the bill-less cap makes him look sort of like a throwback to a different era. He belongs in the criminal underworld by the looks of him. The man in black style character we heard about is certainly there but his style evokes a few things in the design.”
A “man in black” character usually implies that the character is a villain, or at the very least someone with dubious morals. When Variety broke the news that Del Toro had been cast in The Last Jedi, they stated that he was “eyed for a villain role.” Del Toro himself seems unsure about where his character aligns, however, saying in an interview “I don’t know if he’s a bad guy. People are saying that, but it’s like they read a different script than I read.”
Jason also made mention of the ship used by Del Toro in the film as well.
The interior looks like something you would see from Canto Bight. It looks like if someone took the J.J. Abrams Star Trek films and designed the interior of the Falcon for a new Trek film. The cockpit has a very nice singular red seat for him to pilot from. In the back of the ship, it has a communal section like the Falcon where a crew could sit and socialize.
Making Star Wars continues by saying:
“During the filming in Dubrovnik had CBPD on their helmets possibly meaning Canto Bight Police Department. I can confirm that those are in fact Canto Bight police and I have had reason to believe there was a Canto Bight Jail set created for Star Wars: The Last Jedi as well. The first time I heard about the guys they were called “Jail House Guards.”
These are the police that he is referencing. Across their helmets are the letters CBPD in Aurebesh. I love the look of this police, they evoke a very modern McQuarrie feel, which fits the aesthetic of the sequel trilogy perfectly. The most interesting tidbit to me, however, is that they are guarding a “jail house” set. Let me take you back to last summer when The Last Jedi was undergoing principal photography and details were scarce. Drone footage of the backlot at Pinewood Studios leaked to the Daily Mail, and it was like manna from heaven. Most of the attention was paid to the Millenium Falcon and the giant “tree of life” set that had been built as a stand in for Skellig Michael, but the photos also showed something else. Under construction in a small corner of the lot was a set that looked very similar to the streets of Dubrovnik.
Up at the top of the photo is a line of what looks like dingy jail cells. I believe that this is where Benecio Del Toro’s character is being held in Star Wars: The Last Jedi when Finn and Kelly Marie Tran’s character break him out. It would make sense for the character to be trapped there, as he is allegedly in a very dingy and unclean state when introduced in The Last Jedi. The plywood sets surrounding the line of cells are in the shape of the Dubrovnik streets and mimic the architectural style of the city. Of course, as a reminder, this is purely speculation, but it’s fun to piece together clues from over a year ago to fit with what we know now. In the lead up to a Star Wars movie, it’s always fun to play detective, and with Star Wars Celebration around the corner, I’m sure we’ll be getting many more clues that fill in the gaps from what we already know.