On December 15, Porgs will finally take the galaxy by storm when they debut in a little film called Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
Though some fans fear the arrival of Porgs is the second coming of the Ewoks, or worse, Jar Jar Binks, most likely we are in for a adorable treat along the lines of BB-8… with hopefully less screen-time. As cute as they are, Baby Groot they are not (sorry, Disney & Johnson).
The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson recently revealed the origins of Porgs in a Facebook Live session, per CinemaBlend:
“The Porgs originally came from when we scouted that island, Skellig Michael. It’s a bird sanctuary, besides being a UNESCO Heritage Site, and so when we scouted, it was covered in puffins. It’s actually a natural part of the island, it’s covered in these adorable little puffin birds waddling around, and they would try to fly and look really pathetic. It was hilarious, and so I thought ‘We need the Star Wars version of this.’ So that’s the idea behind them.”
Kathleen Kenedy and Lucasfilm must love Porgs, as you can expect plenty of new creatures from Rian Johnson in the recently announced brand new Star Wars trilogy that he will be spearheading, as well as writing and directing the first chapter of.
As for the rest of us, we’ll have to make our decesion about these “space puffins” come December 15, 2017, when Star Wars: The Last Jedi finally arrives in theaters.
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