Star Wars: The Last Jedi introduces weird new creatures, porgs and The Caretakers

Turns out, Luke Skywalker hasn't been hiding out on Ahch-To entirely on his own 

Clarisse Loughrey
Thursday 10 August 2017 15:40
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Star Wars The Last Jedi - Behind the scenes

A new Star Wars movie means new weird, wonderful creatures to obsess over.

The Last Jedi seems to be offering them in bountiful quantity, as already glimpsed from the D23 sizzle reel, with caught glimpses of ice wolves, giant llama rabbits, and musical bug amphibians.

Entertainment Weekly has now honed in on two of the new species to be introduced to the galaxy, both inhabitants of Ahch-To, the site of the first Jedi temple and Luke's hideout at the end of The Force Awakens.

The cutest, by far, are the porgs; these furry, wide-eyed creatures were based off the puffins which live on the Ahch-To's filming location, the Irish island of Skellig Michael. They're a mischievous sort, with a new image from the film showing one having seemingly snuck onto the Millennium Falcon.

Ahch-To is also home to The Caretakers, described by director Rian Johnson as: "They're kind of these sort of fish-bird type aliens who live on the island. They've been there for thousands of years, and they essentially keep up the structures on the island".


The Caretakers are slightly more anthropomorphic, they wear clothes and speak in an alien tongue, communicating to Luke through a "blubbery sort of Scottish fish talk". They're also all female so that their species could seem almost like a nunnery; in fact, Luke has disrupted their community slightly, and they now merely "tolerate" his presence.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi hits UK cinemas 14 December.

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