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Here's what we know about The Last Jedi's mysterious orphan boy

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Dec 20, 2017

WARNING! The following contains MAJOR spoilers for Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Even in the face of its polarizing reception, Star Wars: The Last Jedi still left a number of mysteries in its wake. One of the biggest enigmas was raised in the film's final shot of the Canto Bight fathier stable boy summoning a broom to his hand via the Force and holding it out like a lightsaber. As an orphan and slave, he brings to mind the humble beginnings of Anakin Skywalker, who began as a nobody servant to Watto on Tatooine; it's definitely in line with Rian Johnson crushing the "Rey's parents" fan theories in the idea that a Jedi need not come from noble stock to be strong in the ways of the Force.

However, it stills begs the question of who this young boy is and how he will factor into the rest of the current trilogy. Thanks to Star Wars: The Last Jedi: The Visual Dictionary, we can finally put a name to the face. According to the book (written by Pablo Hidalgo and released on December 15), the boy's name is Temiri Blagg (played by Temirlan Blaev) and he, along with his fellow "urchins," was abandoned on Catonica by "losing gamblers." This should sound familiar, because it's exactly what happened to Rey on Jakku.

Temiri's two friends are also identified as Arashell Sar (the girl played by Sara Heller) and Oniho Zaya (the other boy played by Josiah Oniha). Their small stature, reads the dictionary, "assists in navigating the cramped confines of the stables." Armed with rough work boots and serrated hoof picks, the kids practically live with the fathiers, keeping them healthy enough to race for gambling and entertainment. They are managed by the ruthless Bargwill Tomder, a four-armed alien with infected ingrown nose tendrils whose "default approach to solving problems is simply to crack his whip." 

The Visual Dictionary also explains how the orphans came to hear of Luke Skywalker's epic face-off against Kylo Ren and the AT-M6's of the First Order on Crait. "Travelers from distant worlds bring them fragmented tales of adventure that excite their young imaginations," says the book. 

Canto Bight's fathier stable slaves are first introduced when Finn (John Boyega) comments on how perfect the casino city seems to be. Rose Tico (Kelly Marie Tran), however, urges him to take a closer look, drawing his attention to the mistreatment of the kids and animals alike. The orphans help the two in freeing the fathiers, which causes massive damage to the city before eventually escaping to the wilds of Catonica. We revisit Temiri, Arashell, and Oniho in the movie's final moments as they recount the story of the events on Crait before Bargwill breaks up their fun and Temiri uses the Force. 

Will he become one of the first new pupils of Rey's new Jedi Order? She swiped the ancient texts from Ahch-To, so it's possible. Let the endless speculation leading up to J.J. Abram's Episode IX commence!