Every New Star Wars: The Last Jedi Character We Know About So Far
From humans to aliens and droids, every new Star Wars movie introduces new characters to its ever-expanding universe. The Last Jedi arrives next week, and while much of the plot is shrouded in mystery, the various trailers, toys, and interviews that have been released in advance have revealed a handful of the new additions to the Star Wars saga. Here's the roll-call so far…
Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo
Vice Admiral Holdo is played by Twin Peaks star Laura Dern. The character is a senior figure in the Resistance and commander of a ship called the Ninka. From the recent Star Wars novel Leia, Princess of Alderaan, we know that she has been a close acquaintance of Leia's for many years. In addition, an interview with Poe Dameron actor Oscar Isaac revealed that in The Last Jedi, Holdo takes over command of the Resistance and comes into conflict with his character.
Until recently little was known about this new character, played by Benicio Del Toro. There was even a suggestion from director Rian Johnson that "DJ" might not even be his name--although the Funko Pop of the character is definitely called that. Thanks to Finn star John Boyega, we have learned that "DJ" is an expert hacker, whom Finn makes contact with at some stage in the movie. "We need a codebreaker and he's the best in the galaxy," Boyega told EW. "Unfortunately, he's very dodgy and only in it for financial gain. He doesn't fight for any side."
Rian Johnson has already stated that Rose Tico is his favourite new character in The Last Jedi, so expect to see plenty of actress Kelly Marie Tran. We know that she is a Resistance maintenance worker who goes on a mission with Finn to the casino city of Canto Bight. In an interview with EW, Tran described the character: "Even though she is good at what she does, she's not known. She's not cool. She's nobody, this background player, which is what makes her interesting. She's not the best. She's not royalty. She's someone who is just like everyone else."
Rose has a sister called Paige, who is played by Veronica Ngo. She is a gunner in the Resistance, and while we've not seen her in any of the movie's trailers, she does appear in a behind-the-scene video that was revealed during Disney's D23 expo this summer. We also have a clue as to the ship that she works on, via the LEGO Resistance Bomber set, of which she is a part.
Captain Tallie Lintra
Tallie Lintra is the leader of the Resistance's A-Wing squadron, and is played by British actress Hermione Corfield. She can viewed briefly in one of the many TV spots for the movie, and she has her own toy.
The latest droid addition to the franchise has a black paint-job, angular head, and sinister red eye-light, making him very much the evil counterpart to the lovable Resistance astromech BB-8. BB-9E serves upon Supreme Leader Snoke's flagship Star Destroyer Supremacy and was first revealed as part of the Force Friday toyline in August.
This race of entirely-female amphibious aliens are residents of the planet Ahch-To, the ocean world that Rey found Luke on at the end of The Force Awakens. Their role is to look after the ancient buildings, including the remains of the first Jedi temple, on the island that Luke has been hiding out on.
If there's one new addition to the Star Wars saga that every fan knows about by now, it's Porgs. These avian inhabitants of Ahch-To promise (or threaten) to be The Last Jedi's Ewoks, and you can expect more Porg toys to be shifted this Christmas than any other character from the movie. They fly, they squawk, and according to this TV spot, they can also fly spaceships. Or at least, get in the way while Chewie is trying to.
With their red armour evoking the striking design of the Emperor's Imperial Guards from Return of the Jedi, the Praetorian Guards are the eight-man elite protectors of First Order leader Snoke. From what we've seen so far, they possess some scary-looking weapons, including hefty double-bladed polearms. Unlike the Imperial Guards, Johnson was keen for these intimidating characters to move like samurai warriors, so expect some Praetorian action in The Last Jedi.