Following in the footsteps of Star Wars: The Force Awakens introducing BB-8, The Last Jedi will have its own dose of cuteness to add to the ball droid's return. That will come through the Porgs, a species native to Ahch-To, the planet where Luke Skywalker will train Rey. The Porgs were immediately a hit to Star Wars fans upon being identified by Lucasfilm back in July, and now director Rian Johnson has provided new details on what these creatures exactly are. When asked by a fan for some late night Porg facts, Johnson answered:
They are sea birds. Their coloring varies. Males are slightly larger than females. They can fly short distances. They're inquisitive.
Rian Johnson dropping this extra Porg knowledge on Twitter should come as a delight to Star Wars fans who have fallen in love with the adorable creatures since they were first shown in The Last Jedi behind-the-scenes video screened at D23. Such tidbits would surely make good content for a Star Wars nature documentary or an alien guide for those traveling around that galaxy far, far away who want to learn about each planet's native species. Other Porg facts that Johnson previously revealed include that they're considered the Star Wars versions of puffins, they can be found on Ahch-To's cliffs, they're naturally curious and their babies are called porglets.
After learning with the rest of The Resistance that Luke Skywalker was located on Ahch-To after piecing together the map fragments that BB-8 and R2-D2 were keeping safe, Rey traveled with R2-D2 and Chewbacca at the end of The Force Awakens to find the Jedi Master and deliver his old lightsaber back to him. While Rey and Luke's stories continue in The Last Jedi, the Porgs will be keeping them company, and as you can see in the image at the top, at least one of them will make it into the Millennium Falcon. Judging by The Last Jedi material that's been released so far, it doesn't look like the Porgs will play into The Last Jedi's main narrative, instead just hanging out in the background and possibly being used for a gag or two. The Star Wars YouTube channel has also been having some fun with the fuzzy alien species through their Blip animated shorts.
The Porgs aren't the only aliens on Ahch-To that will receive attention in The Last Jedi. Moviegoers will also meet the Caretakers. These beings look after the structures on the island where Luke Skywalker has been living, and while they tolerate the Jedi Master's presence, they're not particularly happy that he's around. So look to the Porgs for cuteness and to the Caretakers for serving as the disapproving "nuns.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi opens in theaters on December 15. You can also browse through our movie premiere guide to find out what else is being released later this year.