The mystery of Benicio Del Toro’s ship in Star Wars: The Last Jedi and more!
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Yesterday we discussed a little bit about Canto Bight. A lot of you were quick to immediately point out that the guys we saw on the beach during the filming in Dubrovnik had CBPD on their helmets possibly meaning Canto Bight Police Department. I can confirm that those are in fact Canto Bight police and I have had reason to believe there was a Canto Bight jail set created for Star Wars: The Last Jedi as well. The first time I heard about the guys they were called “Jail House Guards.” I’ve also been told they have goggles that go with their helmets that sort of evoke the Cloud Car Pilot from the old Kenner action figure as well.
This brings me to Benicio Del Toro’s character. He is either named D.J. or it is his code name used by the production. He wears all black. He has a trench coat on with a Han Solo-style belt at his waist to hold his blaster. His hair is short. He also has a strange cap that doesn’t have a bill to it. He looks slimy and dirty but the bill-less cap makes him look sort of like a throwback to a different era. He belongs in the criminal underworld by the looks of him. The man in black-style character we heard about is certainly there but his style evokes a few things in the design. His trench coat reminds me of Anakin’s Revenge of the Sith costume in that its lapels evoke a tabard look and its black leather. All of this makes his ship all the more curious to me.
This is where things get weird. His ship is really fancy. The interior looks like something you would see from Canto Bight. It looks like if someone took the J.J. Abrams Star Trek films and designed the interior of the Falcon for a new Trek film. The cockpit has a very nice singular red seat for him to pilot from. In the back of the ship, it has a communal section like the Falcon where a crew could sit and socialize. But instead of dingy white seats and a chess board it has a very nice bright curved blue booth with a table (no word on a chess board) and it looks more like a nice hotel than something Han Solo would live in. The inside of the ship at Pinewood was a mixture of Amidala’s Nubian ship from The Phantom Menace mixed with the look and feel of the Abram’s Trek and a few hints of the sleek “Apple” design aesthetic we saw revitalize the look of the classic Stormtrooper into the First Order Stormtrooper we have today. If the Falcon is a Winnebago this ship is a luxury yacht made by Bill Gates.
So why does “D.J.” have this fancy ship? Do Finn and Kelly Marie Tran (either named or codenamed “Rose” just like Maz during The Force Awakens production) break him out of jail as part of the casino plot in which they need a hacker played by Justin Theroux? Does “D.J.” dress scummy to trick people into thinking he’s scum but he’s actually an expert gambler? Maybe they just simply steal the ship and that’s how he gets it? Does he look dingy because he’s been in jail on Canto Bight?
Either way, D.J.’s ship design and this character design are at odds. So clearly there’s something going on here. We’re working to confirm the links between D.J., his ship, the jail, the hacker, the casino, and Finn and his friends. The pieces are coming together but we still have a way to go. It is all highly intriguing.
Max at The Star Wars Post has informed me:
My writer Ben just put up our follow up to your story about Benicio and he found coorborating evidence in a drone pic from last year. Jail cells.
It does look like bars in that old building at the top. Nice work, Ben! Check out their article here.