Luke Skywalker is finally back in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, precisely one film later than we all thought he would be. But The Last Jedi isn’t just about returning characters, it’s also expanding the cast of the new trilogy in some important ways.
After all, it took us two films to get to Yoda, Lando and Boba Fett, too. So here’s a guide to everything we already know about the new characters in The Last Jedi.
A note on spoilers
This is a spoiler-free post containing only information released in official cast and director statements or already-released tie-in novels, and not anything revealed in The Last Jedi. Still, if you’d like to go into the movie completely blind, you should turn back now.
Also, why did you click on this post in the first place?
Benicio Del Toro’s character
“DJ is an enigmatic figure whose tattered, threadbare clothes and lackadaisical attitude conceal a sharp mind and expert skills,” reads the official line from Lucasfilm. He comes to the attention of the Resistance when the organization finds that it needs a code-breaker, or hacker.
Or “slicer,” which is what Star Wars people call hackers.
All we know about Rose Tico (Kelly Marie Tran) is that she’s grown up hating the First Order. She and her sister Paige presumably joined up with the Resistance together. Rose serves as a maintenance worker, while Paige is a gunner on a ship.
Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo
Of our new additions to the cast for The Last Jedi, we know the most about Vice Admiral Holdo, played by Laura Dern, thanks to her supporting turn in this September’s Leia, Princess of Alderaan, a Star Wars young-adult novel written by Claudia Gray.
Born on the planet of Gatalenta, Amilyn Holdo befriended Leia Organa when they were both members of the Apprentice Legislature, an Imperial program for young people who were interested in politics. The two women formed their friendship after shared interests, and after Holdo discovered and aided Leia’s work with the nascent Rebellion.
Holdo’s colorful look is a holdover (sorry) from those days: Gatalentan culture prizes austerity, and its citizens wear clothes without strong colors except for traditional red cloaks. Anything flashier would be seen as scandalously extravagant, and so the Admiral’s fondness for bright colors in her hair and dress is a vibrant counter-culture act.
And that’s pretty much it for new characters in Star Wars: The Last Jedi — though there are plenty of new creatures, from crystal foxes to porgs. And we’ll know a lot more about all of them when the movie hits theaters on Dec. 15.