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Star Wars: The Last Jedi Photos Reveal a Host of Brand-New Characters

The hype is strong with this one.


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Yesterday, the release of Vanity Fair's series of The Last Jedi covers gave us a tantalizing opportunity to see some of the biggest players in the upcoming movie in glorious detail. Now we've been blessed with even more sweet, sweet photographic beauty, as a more complete series of images from the photo shoot have been shared online, allowing us to finally catch a glimpse of several key characters, including Benicio Del Toro's "DJ", and Laura Dern's "Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo."  

Before we get to those photos, though, it's important to pause for a second to appreciate a pair of pictures which have gained extra significance in light of the untimely passing of Carrie Fisher at the end of last year.

That's Fisher, as General Leia Organa, hugging her brother Luke (played by Mark Hamill), and Lieutenant Connix, played by Billie Lourd—Fisher's real-life daughter. Just a reminder that The Last Jedi is going to be an emotional, bittersweet experience for all of us.

While the entire gallery of images is well worth a look (there's some neat behind-the-scenes stuff in there), the most interesting new reveals are the costumes for characters played by Benicio Del Toro and Laura Dern. We've heard a lot about Del Toro's DJ, but it's not been clear how much of it had been speculation until now—apparently, this character will indeed be a greasy criminal with a fondness for luxury starships. Previously, this character was rumored to possibly be Boba Fett.

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Meanwhile, Dern's Vice Admiral Holdo is believed to be a rival to General Organa, who wants to take the Resistance down a different path. This friction between two sides of the movement could potentially end up causing the Resistance to lose ground to the First Order, which would make sense, since if this movie parallels The Empire Strikes Back as closely as we're all expecting, we'll likely get to see the heroes scattered across the galaxy by the superior might of Supreme Leader Snoke and all his grumpy cronies.

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It seems like there's a lot going on in this movie. A huge number of new characters are being introduced, and the challenge for director Rian Johnson is justifying all of the new inclusions. That said, The Force Awakens did a great job of balancing its new cast, so it's worth assuming that DJ, Vice Admiral Holdo, Lieutenant Connix, and the rest of the movie's new additions will fit well within the existing framework that Lucasfilm has built for the future of the franchise.

Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi hits U.S. theaters on December 15th, 2017.

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