“Star Wars” are going bananas over the latest sensation to come out of “Last Jedi.” Meet the adorable Porgs.
As reported in a new profile in EW, “These penguin-like wide-eyed creatures are native to the planet of Ahch-To, site of the first Jedi temple, and they’re just one type of new creature the Dec. 15 film introduces to the ‘Star Wars’ menagerie.”
The porgs are puppets created through Neal Scanlan’s creature shop, with wide black eyes and furry, flapping wings. The inspiration for the adorable creatures originated during a visit to the Irish island of Skellig Michael, where the final scenes of “The Force Awakens” were shot.
“If you go to Skellig at the right time of year, it’s just covered in puffins, and they’re the most adorable things in the world,” director Rian Johnson told EW. “So when I was first scouting there, I saw these guys, and I was like, oh, these are part of the island. And so the Porgs are in that realm.”
The internet is already blowing up with Porg memes. Here are some choice ones:
“The Last Jedi” stars Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Kelly Marie Tran, Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher. It’s written and directed by Rian Johnson and produced by Kathleen Kennedy and Ram Bergman and executive produced by J.J. Abrams, Jason McGatlin and Tom Karnowski.
“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” hits theaters Dec. 15.