New details from Entertainment Weekly’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” cover continue to come out. These include further details on two new creatures introduced in the film – the Porgs and The Caretakers who live on Ach-To with Luke Skywalker.
The Porgs are adorable bird-like critters inspired by the real-life migration of Puffins to the island of Skellig Michael where key scenes were shot.
The Caretakers are all female who live a spartan existence and essentially keep up the structures on the island. They also speak in a “blubbery sort of Scottish fish talk”.
Then there’s the Praetorian Guard, red-armored clad bodyguards for Supreme Leader Snoke. Johnson describes how they’re a variation on Palpatine’s Imperial Guards from the original trilogy:
“The Emperor’s guards were very formal, and you always got the sense that they could fight, but they didn’t. They looked like they were more ceremonial, and you never really saw them in action. The Praetorians, my brief to [costume designer] Michael Kaplan was that those guys have to be more like samurai. They have to be built to move, and you have to believe that they could step forward and engage if they have to. They have to seem dangerous.”
“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” opens in cinemas on December 15th.