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Rose Tico (Kelly Marie Tran), Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo (Laura Dern), and DJ (Benicio Del Toro) photographed by Annie Leibovitz for Vanity Fair

Among Johnson’s inventions for The Last Jedi are three significant new figures: a “shady character” of unclear allegiances, played by Benicio Del Toro, who goes unnamed in the film but is called DJ by the filmmakers (“You’ll see—there’s a reason why we call him DJ,” Johnson said); a prominent officer in the Resistance named Vice Admiral Holdo, played by Laura Dern; and a maintenance worker for the Resistance named Rose Tico, who is played by a young actress named Kelly Marie Tran (and who is the sister of Paige, the character I witnessed in the scene with Poe Dameron). Tran’s is the largest new part, and her plotline involves a mission behind enemy lines with Boyega’s Finn, the stormtrooper turned Resistance warrior.

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Vanity Fair’s full spread and story is up! You need to go check it out, but here’s a quick rundown what we’ve learned: Laura Dern is Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo of the Resistance, and Benicio Del Toro doesn’t get a name at all in the film – though they’re calling him DJ. (Seeeecretsss.) And yes, there are pictures of both. Kelly Marie Tran’s Rose Tico has a sister, Paige, a Resistance gunner, played by Veronica Ngo. And the planet filmed in Dubrovnik is indeed named Canto Bright. “I was thinking, O.K., let’s go ultra-glamour. Let’s create a playground, basically, for rich assholes,” director Rian Johnson said.

The article also includes some touching tributes to (and photos of) Carrie Fisher, so keep the tissues handy.

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Annie Leibovitz’s Exclusive Cast Portraits of Star Wars: The Last Jedi for Vanity Fair (Part 2)

  • Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill, siblings General Leia Organa and Jedi Luke Skywalker
  • Laura Dern, as Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo, a newcomer to the saga
  • Benicio Del Toro, as the shifty “DJ,” a newcomer to the saga
  • Fisher, with daughter Billie Lourd (Lieutenant Kaydel Connix)

Polaroids taken by casting director Bonnie Timmermann