Prior to the release of The Force Awakens, fans knew Daisy Ridley's Rey would be important, but it wasn't until we saw the film that we realized just how integral a component she'd be in the story going forward. In a new poster for The Last Jedi, Rey is featured in a heroic pose and is joined by porgs.
The bird-like creatures first appeared in a behind-the-scenes featurette this past summer and quickly took social media by storm.
For as little as the creatures have been seen in promotional materials for the film, the response to them has been quite divisive.
A majority of the film's cast appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live recently to discuss their differing opinions of the creatures.
"When we would bring the puppet out on set, that's when I first got my inkling because the work would stop on set and half the crew would be like, 'Oh, that's so adorable,'" writer/director Rian Johnson explained. "And half the crew would be kinda giving it the side eye a little."
John Boyega, who has voiced his disinterest in the creatures, quickly chimed in to refute Johnson's point.
"I just naturally don't like them, I don't," Boyega pointed out. "I went on the [Millennium] Falcon and there was a hole and then there was, like, little porgs all bunched together, and then there were big ones. I got itchy."
Mark Hamill tried to diffuse the situation by pointing out how the films have often been made with younger viewers in mind.
"People forget that these movies were made for children," Hamill shared. Kimmel, however, corrected Hamill by claiming the films were actually made for "middle-aged nerds."
The creatures might have taken most audiences by surprise, but Johnson knew from early on how these creatures would capture the public's attention.
“It wasn’t until we got the actual puppets on set and the whole crew reacted with ‘Oh my God, they’re adorable!’ and also then a few people in the crew were giving them that suspicious side-eye of ‘These are cute, but are they too cute?’” Johnson said. “But the overwhelming reaction on set was everybody loved the Porgs. And I love ’em, so you know what? I get it if people are a little wary of cuteness in the Star Wars universe, but I personally love them, and I think they have their place in the movie.”
All of our porg questions will be answered when The Last Jedi hits theaters on December 15.