Pretty much everything in the Galactic Empire and First Order’s arsenal is or was based on highly sophisticated technology, so it would be natural to assume that hackers are scattered throughout the Resistance’s forces. That’s not really the case in Star Wars’ current canon, which has largely left the digital heavy lifting to droids. Now, though, a human hacker will be taking the stage in the form of DJ, the mysterious Star Wars: The Last Jedi character played by Benecio Del Toro.
According to a report from Empire, DJ will be an underground slicer, the Star Wars equivalent of a hacker. Few slicers exist in the canon since the Expanded Universe was jettisoned, but there are references. The Republic HoloNet was hacked into nine months after the Battle of Geonosis by Separatist slicers loyal to Count Dooku, allowing him to broadcast propaganda messages. Star Wars: A New Dawn delved lightly into the hacker underworld, while Star Wars Rebels has also touched on the necessity for slicing skills in the fight against galactic oppression.
Little else is known about Del Toro’s character at the moment, other than he seems to keep his work in the shadows. Just what he will be slicing into remains to be seen, but the film’s debut is mere weeks away, so we certainly won't have to wait long.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is the second film in the current trilogy of Star Wars movies. The film sees Daisy Ridley’s Rey training under Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), who will reunite his sister, Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher), and Han Solo's Millennium Falcon. The Resistance will be in tatters after the destruction of their headquarters, backing the scrappy group of refugees into a corner.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi, written and directed by Rian Johnson, opens in theaters Dec. 15 and stars Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, Daisy Ridley as Rey, John Boyega as Finn, Adam Driver as Kylo Ren, Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron, Andy Serkis as Supreme Leader Snoke, Domhnall Gleeson as General Hux, Gwendoline Christie as Captain Phasma, Anthony Daniels as C-3PO, Lupita Nyong’o as Maz Kanata, Benicio Del Toro as ‘DJ’, Kelly Marie Tran as Rose Tico, Laura Dern as Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo and the late Carrie Fisher as General Leia Organa.
(via The Hollywood Reporter)