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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Disclaimer: This post contains spoilers for Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

The role of DJ, played by Benicio del Toro in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, is one that has been compared to that of Lando Calrissian from the original Star Wars trilogy. And it’s a comparison that isn’t completely without merit. Both characters (at least initially) are a bit morally ambiguous, and we didn’t really know on which end of the spectrum they’d fall.

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However, when all said and done, Lando is very much a character who ended skewing towards good, while DJ betrayed our leads with little remorse. He had no ill will against them, but in the interest of saving his own skin, he turned them into the First Order.

Believe it or not, this was a task that could have landed to Lando, as director Rian Johnson told The Playlist:

“In terms of Lando, I briefly considered — would he work in the Benicio [Del Toro] part, [but] I don’t think you would ever buy that Lando would just completely betray the characters like that and have that level of moral ambiguity. Cause we love Lando and you’d come into it with that [expectation]. And also, DJ, the character that they met, for the purposes of Finn’s character, had to be a morally ambiguous character that you’re not sure about, that you’re guessing about, and we already know that we love the character of Lando so it just wouldn’t have played in that part story wise.”

Indeed, this would have felt a bit like a betrayal for Lando. Plus, given how upset fans already were about Luke Skywalker’s behavior, this would have deemed the film completely irredeemable by many fans.

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SOURCE: The Playlist

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.