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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.


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.

it’s so interesting to me that Stephanie Styles, who played Katherine in the tour version of Newsies, is dating Casey Cott, who played Kevin in Riverdale, brother to Corey Cott, who played Jack Kelly on broadway and is currently in Bandstand starring with Laura Osnes, who won the tv competition to play Sandy on Grease against Ashley Spencer, who is currently married to Jeremy Jordan, who was the original Jack Kelly.

to conclude, pick out anyone even vaguely related to broadway and it’ll lead back to newsies eventually


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)


Excerpt from the DEH Brochure. Thought I should post this. Jennifer’s bit though…

 “I don’t want him to see the show because I don’t think he’s emotionally prepared to watch me grieve to the level that I do in the show,” ( Jennifer talking about her 13yr-old son)

But enjoy this small bit from the 24 paged brochure!

Every piece of information we have about episode VIII right now

• Benicio Del Toro appears to be playing someone high up in the criminal underworld.
• Laura Dern appears to be playing a New Republic official with a really weird appearance.
• Kelly Marie Tran appears to be playing a Resistance operative of some kind.
• Finn wakes up from his coma and heals quickly enough to go back out into the field in a relatively short time.
• Finn meets up with Kelly Marie Tran’s character; while they are both present in a ship’s hangar, Finn gets into a melee duel with a Stormtrooper who fights like a better-equipped version of FN-2199.
• Finn gets into a Stormtrooper disguise at one point. Tom Hardy cameos as a Stormtrooper and addresses Finn, who fears that he’s been found out. The trooper then apparently slaps Finn on the ass and tells him to keep up the good work.
• At some point in the movie, Leia is incapacitated and is left comatose; once this happens, Laura Dern’s character takes control in her absence. Poe Dameron gets into a tense scene with her, organizing what appears to be a coup.
• Benicio Del Toro’s character is apparently met on the planet represented by Dubrovnik.
• Kylo Ren and his Knights crash-land on Ahch-To. He gets a rematch with Rey. In the meantime, Luke has the a moment where he completely wrecks all of Kylo Ren’s cronies without using his lightsaber; it sounds like the heroic equivalent of what Darth Vader does at the end of Rogue One. This scene actually happens a lot earlier in the movie than you would think it would I believe it’s in the first half of the movie rather than the very end.
• Captain Phasma will have larger role this time around.