Rumor of the Day: Benicio Del Toro's Last Jedi character has a family connection

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Feb 21, 2017

Many, many mysteries still remain when it comes to Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and I'm not even talking about the big things, like who lives and who dies.

We still don't even have a trailer, and a long list of actors still don't have official character names to go with their involvement in the flick. That's not unusual for this era of Star Wars, particularly when we're still nearly 10 months out from release, but it does mean the Internet has plenty of room for speculation and clue-hunting.

The latest example of this comes courtesy of YouTuber Mike Zeroh, who did a little searching recently on Last Jedi star Benicio Del Toro. Previously, our only clue to his character's identity was a Making Star Wars report designating him as a "man in black," and while we still have nothing official from Lucasfilm, what Zeroh found is intriguing. In a video posted Friday, he notes that he recently used wikiwand.com to search Del Toro's filmography and saw him listed as playing a Last Jedi character called ... Sir Vicrum Fett.

The listing on Del Toro's filmography has since been changed to "TBA," and it's important to note that this is nowhere near an official source. Still, though, a character name appearing and then disappearing could mean someone let a reveal slip and then realized their mistake.

Now, on to the actual name itself. We still don't know where Vicrum's allegiances lie, but if he is a member of the Fett family, they could lie with money and little else. Is he a third-generation bounty hunter? A pirate, a smuggler, an outlaw in general? We have no idea, but you don't throw the name Fett around unless a connection to Boba is intended.

If the name and the connection are indeed real, I've gotta say I'm not wild about it, and I'm a guy who defended repetitious stuff like Starkiller Base and Kylo Ren's parentage. Star Wars has always been a universe full of mysterious connections, but this just feels like too much. If Vicrum Fett is a real character, it would mean we took a mysterious background character with a cool outfit who died rather unceremoniously in Return of the Jedi and went through the trouble of giving him both a father and a son. It diminishes the mystery of Boba Fett even more and builds on something that never needed to be built on. We need more than two important families in this galaxy, y'all.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi arrives Dec. 15.

(via ScreenCrush)