DJ is one of the more intriguing characters we shall be meeting in The Last Jedi when it opens in December. Played by Benicio Del Toro, what we really know about him at this point is as follows:
"DJ is an enigmatic figure whose tattered, threadbare clothes and lackadaisical attitude conceal a sharp mind and expert skills."
We also know that he plays a part in the story of Canto Bight, a gambling resort city that Finn (John Boyega) and another newcomer Rose (Kelly Marie Tran) take a trip to for reasons we don't know. When asked about it, Boyega had this to say about "DJ":
"We just need a codebreaker and he's the best in the galaxy. Unfortunately, he's very dodgy and only in it for financial gain. He doesn't fight for any side," Boyega says.
"He has distinct opinions," Boyega says. "The Resistance bombs the First Order one day, the First Order bombs the Resistance on another. It's an ongoing war that will never end. For him, he's trying to benefit off of that — which doesn't make him the person you want to trust."
And on that note, we may have a bit of an answer as to why he goes by "DJ".
This is the GameStop exclusive "DJ" Funko Pop made available today on Force Friday. Notice that name tag thing on his hat there? Thanks to an awesome GameStop employee we received a tip today. They noticed this:
Thought I have a fun tidbit you might find interesting. I work at GameStop, and we just got the Star Wars: The Last Jedi POP! figurines in. I know nothing about this character, but DJ's figurine is wearing a little military cap with an inscribed plate. The inscription on the plate reads (in aurebesh, or Star Wars script) "Don't Join". Fits with his mercenary style, and makes me think DJ probably aren't his real initials.
"Don't Join" is an interesting phrase that could mean quite a bit. Don't join the Resistance? The First Order? Either? Don't Join in on whatever is happening at Canto Bight? Lots of ways this can go. Frankly, I do not think anyone thought "DJ" was his name anyway, but this just seems to confirm it.
Thanks for the tip, GameStop person!