Rian Johnson Talks “Last Jedi” Spoilers & Porgs

In the wake of the release of the “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” trailer on Monday night, the world has gone crazy for the puffin-esque Porgs creatures along with breaking down and analysing the trailer moment by moment.

Of course, as previous “Star Wars” trailers have shown us, there’s no guarantee all of this footage will end up in the final film. Additionally Lucasfilm are very careful about spoilers, so scenes that go one way in the trailer won’t necessarily play out that way in the final film.

In an interview this week with Yahoo, the film’s director Rian Johnson has revealed that during production he sat down with Lucasfilm to discuss what plot points they would allow to be shared in marketing the movie and which would be a ‘no go’ area:

“A year ago, maybe even more than that, my producer Ram [Bergman] and I sat down with the folks at Lucasfilm and said, ‘OK, this is what we’re going to reveal here and there, and this stuff we’re never going to reveal until the movie comes out.’ We came up with a ‘no-fly list’ of, under no circumstances is this shown or that shown. It is a fascinating process. It’s something that for me, just having been a fan my whole life, suddenly being behind the curtain and seeing how it works and seeing how deliberate it is, has been really fascinating.”

He also tells the outlet that those concerned about the Porgs have every right to be as the crew who made the film were in the same boat:

“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 of giving them that suspicious side-eye of ‘these are cute, but are they too cute?’

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.”

“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” opens in cinemas in December.