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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.

What do you think of this development? Would you have preferred Lando to have been the traitor? Let us know your thoughts down below!

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SOURCE: The Playlist

  • Moby85

    Yes, this would have been irredeemable for me to put Lando in this role. DJs role was ineffectual in the end but it was inoffensive and I liked how he did not simply “turn good” as you would expect.

  • Kindofabigdeal

    “I would never do that to Lando. We love Lando.
    But Luke? Yeah, fuck that guy.” – R. Johnson (probably)

    • Ian Finnimore

      “I don’t think you would ever buy that Lando would just completely betray the characters like that”
      BUT Luke Skywalker – that m’fer would stand over his sleeping nephew with a sword, run off & hide without telling his long lost sister where he was … yup he’d be all sad n sh’eet drinking from the teets of sloths ..

      .

  • Victor Roa

    at some point someone said “if you bring back anyone from the past films, remember to take all the fun out make them depressed and miserable with a pistol in their mouth in a motel in Tijuana”
    Which is why Tom Waits was an influence for Benicio Del Toro, a man who’s been in the gutter since 1976 and is happy there.

  • Rad4Cap

    Since this is the Mirror Universe Empire Strikes Back, you could not have Lando. You had to have the exact opposite of him. That’s why (among so many other things), instead of someone suave, we got a stutterer.

  • WTFITBS

    If it were Lando then another part would have been edited out immediately afterwards that would have put someone’s life at risk that he cared about.

  • Lenin1959

    Also, they spared Lando to kill him off in the next episode because Carrie Fisher has died, so they cannot kill off Leia on screen. And after all: the new episodes are all about killing off the favorite characters one by one per episode, right?

  • Kronx

    I can’t blame DJ for not wanting to be executed. He’s just a sub-contractor really.

  • Broian

    A Lando cameo at the casino would have killed them? I wonder what Lando is up to at this stage in the game. Retired…Dead…His part in Rebels was pretty fun. Billy Dee’s voice still sounds the part unlike some of the others.

  • Mowskwoz

    They could have put Lando in the actual hacker role, the guy that Fin and Rose were looking for. It would have made sense that Lando would be hanging in a casino with two ladies on his arm. It would have been a quick and easy cameo and would have made all the fanboys happy to see Lando again.

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.