Who cares about Rey, Finn, Luke, Leia, Poe, Kylo, BB-8 or Snoke? We love Porgs and we need Porgs. After the release of The Last Jedi trailer on Monday the Internet is having what many are calling a Porg-fever.
Porg posters & videos are the best thing on the Internet now
While the Star Wars: The Last Jedi trailer didn’t give much screen time to fan-favorite creatures, the Porgs, nor did they get a place in the poster, fans made sure they were included in these Porg-versions of the poster and supercut of the trailer.
The Star Wars universe is packed with creatures – some of them loved by fans, others that should be left in oblivion – and Porgs are some of the latest additions to this ever-expanding universe. Porgs will appear for the first time in Star Wars: The Last Jedi and they have already become quite popular among fans, even if they have just appeared for a few seconds in the teaser reel and the trailer. And while many Star Wars fans analyze the content of the trailer and the poster, others have taken their editing skills to give Porgs a prominent place in the poster and a short version of the trailer.
Porgs are a sea bird species native to the planet Ahch-To, where Luke Skywalker made his exile. Given that the first teaser and the new trailer have, for the most part, featured scenes from Rey’s training in Ahch-To, it’s not surprising that fans were expecting to see more Porgs in the new trailer. Sadly, they didn’t get much screen time, only briefly appearing next to Chewbacca in the Millennium Falcon. However, a YouTube user made a short super-cut for Porg-fans who wanted more of these creatures on the trailer.
Watch the Super Cute Porg Trailer from The Last Jedi:
Porg on board of Millennium Falcon in this Star Wars Blip video:
Also BB-8 loses its head for the Porgs:
Star Wars theme made entirely out of Porg sounds:
Not long after the release of the poster (prior to the debut of the trailer), some fans realized it didn’t feature any Porgs, so they took to Photoshop to fix the problem. The result: a bunch of posters with Porgs here and there. Some of there are subtle, just by adding a small Porg next to the characters in the poster; others are more in-your-face, with the creatures taking the place of the characters entirely. You can check some of these pieces below.
The popularity of Porgs has been such that they have already been compared to the Ewoks – who, although of big help during the Battle of Endor, are seen by many as a marketing ploy and a way of catching the attention of younger viewers. Porgs will reportedly share some interesting moments with characters like Chewbacca and R2D2, with director Rian Johnson assuring they will have their place in the film. What we can be sure of is that, as the release date of The Last Jedi approaches, Porg-fever will increase.
Rian Johnson promises Porgs ‘Have their place in the movie’
Star Wars: Episode VII – The Last Jedi writer and director, Rian Johnson, promises that the Porgs will have a role to play in the story of the film. Unless they’ve been living under a rock for the last several months too, every Star Wars fan in the world has heard about the Porgs by now. The adorable, penguin-esque new additions to the cinematic universe were considered instant hits by most fans of the franchise, who have not only fallen in love with the look of the creatures but how they represent the continued world-building on display in The Last Jedi. It doesn’t come as much of a surprise either, that all Porg-related toys and merchandise have become hot sellers since they first went on sale a few months ago.
However, there has been some criticism from a division of Star Wars fans that Porgs and some of the other notable creatures included in The Last Jediare either nothing more than marketing decisions by Johnson and Disney, or examples of the film going too far into cute and cuddly territory. Although, the second trailer for The Last Jedi appeared to altogether disprove those latter concerns.
While speaking recently with Yahoo Movies as well, Rian Johnson explained how the idea for the Porgs actually came from the real-life puffins that live on Skellig Michael, the Irish island that was used as Luke’s island in both The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi. In addition, the writer/director promised fans that the Porgs do serve some, albeit likely small, role in the actual story of the film:
“I was like, ‘Oh, this is part of the island, we need to find the Star Wars version of this. And then just story-wise — not that they play a big part in the story — but I knew I wanted to find any source of comic relief I could on the island. And so they were very useful in terms of that.
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.”
After several months of new facts about the Porgs and images of them being released by Disney and Lucasfilm, fans got to see the Porgs on display for the first real time in The Last Jedi trailer. To say that the creatures just managed to garner even more fans because of it too – would be an understatement, with fans going on to create dozens of Porg-centric Last Jedi parody posters following the trailer’s premiere.
Now, whether or not the Porgs are actually used well in The Last Jedi, remains to be seen, and it’s entirely possible the adorable creatures could be one of the biggest problems fans have with the film in the long run. At the same time, however, the Porgs are an example of how Rian Johnson and Lucasfilm are trying to be more experimental with their Star Wars world-building techniques in The Last Jedi, which was something many fans called for after The Force Awakens was released. All of that will, no doubt, be points of discussion amongst fans when The Last Jedi hits theaters later this December, though, and for the time being, the Porgs are currently shaping up to be one of the most unique and lovable things about the new film.
BB-8 is depressed over Last Jedi Porg craze
Star Wars: The Last Jedi may be set to move a lot of Porg merchandise, but BB-8 isn’t buying. For diehard Star Wars fans, the inclusion of Porgs in The Last Jedi has been known for some time. Residents of Ahch-To, where Luke has been in self-imposed exile, the tiny critters are an adorable addition to the animal kingdom of the galaxy far, far away. Of course, they’ll also make for some great toys and mascots. And with the release of the new trailer for The Last Jedi, general audiences now have Porg fever.
Given the Jar Jar Binks debacle, fans are still worried whenever a cute character arrives in a Star Wars film. But droids have long held a similar function in the universe, acting as quirky characters while moving toys in the real world. BB-8 even upped the ante, offering Star Wars its most adorable and marketable character yet while still fitting nicely into the narrative. But now that the Porgs have arrived, could they supplant BB-8 on his exalted perch?
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert opened its show last night with an imagining of how BB-8 is dealing with Porg-mania, and the results aren’t pretty. In fact, it looks like the little droid is in need of a friend.
Lucky for BB-8, the Porgs won’t be the only new addition to the Star Warsuniverse. A variety of creatures great and small will occupy Ahch-To. And then there’s BB-9E, the all-black variation on the soccer ball droid. Will the two be friends or enemies? Only time will tell.
Even Kylo Ren can not resist Porgs
If you want really to conquer a girl, forget about flowers, bears and candies. Just give her a Porg as gift.
The Last Porg… Oops, The Last Jedi hits theaters on December 15th.
Read the Part 1 here.
THE SON OF SOLO
Ben Solo may be the son of Han Solo, but as Kylo Ren it’s hard to see any traces of the old scoundrel in him at all. He is actuaslly Han’s opposite in many ways: he trained to be a Jedi, he abandoned those close to him, and he’s super intense, but it seems like a hint of that old Solo spark might shine through in The Last Jedi, as well as a heaping helping of Skywalker when he gets behind the stick of his TIE silencer. Don’t be surprised if the son of Han Solo and the grandson of Anakin Skywalker is more dangerous than ever when he’s flying.
We definitely see a bit of his grandfather in him here, too, not just in his prototype TIE fighter that clearly resembles Vader’s own TIE Advanced, but the way he simply rips through the Resistance fleet may remind a good number of fans of the time Darth Vader laid waste to most of Phoenix Squadron on Star Wars Rebels.
TIE SILENCER AND THE SUPREMACY
Speaking of Kylo Ren’s TIE Silencer, we get more than a good look at it in the trailer, including a shot that reveals the massive Mega-Class Star Destroyer, the Supremacy, in the background. The TIE Supremacy is a fairly natural evolution from the classic TIE design, but it’s clearly a larger size and its boxy red cockpit instantly makes it iconic compared to its simplistic TIE fighter cousins.
The Supremacy, on the other hand, is a major departure from the more familiar triangle shape of Star Destroyers, but it’s also an incomparably big, with a wingspan that’s more than 8 times the bow-to-stern length of a Super Star Destroyer. This behemoth is the center of the First Order’s power and even serves as a sort of mobile shipyard, with the facilities to produce more Star Destroyers on board. Without any planets to establish a bearing, it’s hard to know where or when this battle takes place, but considering the Resistance ships appear to be engaging, not fleeing, this is most likely not a part of the opening space battle.
THE BOY AND HIS MOTHER
Kylo Ren’s physical scars still haven’t healed from the duel he had on Starkiller base after killing his father, but that doesn’t stop him from going after his mother, Leia. We still don’t know the sequence of events that led to him turning on his uncle’s Jedi, killing them and joining the First Order, but he was obviously strongly affected, believing he has power in his destiny, saying “kill it, if you have to. That’s the only way to become who you’re meant to be.”Despite this dangerous mantra, it looks like he hesitates after targeting the bridge of the Mon Calamari Cruiser his mother is on. Is the pain from killing Han still too fresh, or has he always shared a stronger bond to his mother, making it harder to pull the trigger on her?
Regardless, the idea of literally putting Leia in his crosshairs is sure to get a reaction from fans after the tragic passing of Carrie Fisher at the end of last year. Her remaining role in the universe is uncertain, but there has been a lot of discussion over her story being properly resolved in Episode IX, meaning we won’t have to sit through Kylo Ren continuing to kill our heroes, which admittedly just wouldn’t go over well.
THE MIGHTY PORG
The Porgs are all the rave with The Last Jedi, and apparently, they’re fairly prolific on the island of Ahch-To, but this trailer only features one, and it appears to have significantly more personality than people had been ascribing them previously. While it could just be this single moment and not a predominant characteristic, the behavior of the porg when it bellows to echo Chewbacca almost leans more toward Minion than it does penguin, but either way, it appears Chewbacca has a new pet – or friend – in the single porg that tags along to Crait, although fans would surely be excited to learn the Falcon’s cargo hold has been entirely taken over by the winged creatures.
The porgs have already drawn some comparisons to the somewhat controversial Ewoks of Return of the Jedi, but it’s not yet clear if they’re able to play a part in the story of if they’re just some fluffy eye candy and comedic relief and play no other role. Either way, you can expect this movie to sell a lot of stuffed porgs.
FINN VS PHASMA
Anyone still mad that Phasma didn’t get any epic fight scenes in The Force Awakens should be thrilled to see this. Phasma and Finn finally face off for the first time (say that 5 times fast) in what looks like one of the most visually impressive scenes in the trailer. Phasma’s armor has never looked cooler, and you can even see Finn’s reflection in her helmet.
How we get here is another story. There’s an earlier shot in the trailer of Finn being led by stormtroopers indicating he’s been captured. Since the fight scene appears to take place in the hangar bay of the Supremacy, Finn is probably on the Mega Sar Destroyer. With one of the last shots of the trailers suggesting Rey may also be holed up on the ship somewhere, this could be a rescue mission, but the state of the hanger indicates there’s a lot more going on, and maybe the Resistance was able to land a major blow as a part of a more coordinated effort.
REY TAKES A DIVE
Rey appears to undergo a variety of different training programs on the island under Luke’s supervision, although it’s not clear exactly how long the training lasts in total. This shot has her diving into a pool and swimming to the bottom, possibly in search of something, and we see a dangerous looking skull with long teeth visible down in the corner of the screen.
This could simply be a physical conditioning exercise, but she appears to be in search of something. According to some of the promotional images. Luke’s X-Wing, and who knows what else, appear to have sunken to the bottom of the ocean near the island. Luke also noticeable isn’t carrying his green-bladed lightsaber in any of the images (not even at his belt), so it’s possible that many of Luke’s belongings, including his lightsaber, are with his X-Wing, or maybe he even sank them himself as a part of his self-imposed exile.
After only appearing in giant hologram, Snoke finally makes his way to the screen and he looks like another brilliant Andy Serkis motion-capture creation. Given, Snoke looks close enough to human that it should be possible to portray him simply with traditional makeup – like Emperor Palpatine in Return of the Jedi, but if Snoke is truly far taller than a normal human, then that would make more sense. It’s difficult to gauge his height with the limited context of the shots he appears in here.
In the fashion of the traditional Star Wars baddie, he’s urging Rey to fulfill her destiny and join him. His Force powers are on display here as he levitates Rey as she squirms, clearly in pain. Now that we know Kylo Ren and Rey both go to Crait, that’s probably how she got captured again, although, after the way her last fight with Ren went, it’s hard to imagine her capture being a simple task, unless she went willingly, which could very well be an indication from the next scene.
A DANGEROUS LIASON
This last scene might be the biggest shocker of the whole thing. In fact, if you string Rey’s dialogue together from the beginning of the trailer, it appears as if maybe everything she says could belong to this final scene, making her dialogue “something inside me has always been there, but now it’s awake and I need help… I need someone to show me my place in all this” If that is truly all spoken to Kylo Ren, there’s a number of potential scenarios.
First, the impression the trailer gives is that maybe Luke’s refusal to train her eventually forced her to leave and she’s now willing to explore other options. This seems fairly unlikely since she just saw him kill Han Solo, but it’s still a possibility. The other is that this scene isn’t actually happening. Looking around the background, it appears as if they’re in the middle of a burning structure. Her Forceback in The Force Awakens notably ended with Kylo Ren, so what if that happens again here when she sees Luke’s temple destroyed and then she has this vision.
Either way, it gives the impression, or hope, even, that Rey and Kylo will find a way to settle their differences and fight on the same side. For who and against what, who knows, but taken in context, it seems very unlikely that the two would actually form any kind of alliance, at least not in this movie.
“THIS IS NOT GOING TO GO THE WAY YOU THINK”
Jumping off that last point, Luke has a bit of dialogue that almost seems pointed directly at fans: “This is not going to go the way you think,” possibly serving as a hat tip to the numerous layers of misdirection going on. Snoke’s dialogue could actually all be a part of his interrogation of Rey (instead of split between Ren and Rey), Rey’s dialogue may all be directed at Kylo Ren, and there’s the significant potential of some dream/vision sequences, all of which cloud the proper order of event. Then, of course, the trailer is lacking any easily identifiable major 3rd act setting or event meaning even the few puzzle pieces we do have don’t assemble complete snapshot.
This trailer may show a whole lot more than the last one, but when it comes to actually revealing significant plot elements, it might actually be obscuring the movie’s plot even more than the last trailer, meaning some of the movie’s biggest reveals may actually end up waiting for a theatrical experience, which is truly exciting.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi opens in theaters on December 15th.
After a long wait, we finally have the trailer for The Last Jedi. But it was what you were waiting for? For good and for bad, maybe more for bad, the trailer is shaking the Internet since was released by Disney last night. If you didn’t see the trailer yet, here is your chance:
And here we have some reactions – hilarious, of course – to The Last Jedi trailer.
Lucasfilm has officially revealed a new theatrical poster for Star Wars: The Last Jedi ahead of the official trailer released yesterday.
Though all of the principal cast is featured on the artwork (with Leia positioned front and center), the most prominent figures are Luke Skywalker, Rey, and Kylo Ren. This isn’t entirely surprising, considering that the latest trailer sets The Last Jedi up as this trio’s movie, with the war between the Resistance and the First Order relegated to the primary subplot. The old Jedi Master has the look of a weary, broken man, and from the preview we know he’s not too keen on training Rey. Luke’s facial expression is rather ominous, illustrating he’s far removed from being the good-natured hero who helped defeat the Empire. Rey and Kylo are positioned back-to-back, signaling their parallels – or perhaps partnership.
It’s a nice touch to see the late great Carrie Fisher in the forefront as well. Though the film’s title is a direct reference to Luke and the arcs of Rey and Kylo are main focal points, Episode VIII is also going to serve as a tribute to the actress, who is as vital a part of Star Wars as anyone. Leia’s role remains largely a mystery for the time being, but it is said Fisher has more screen time when compared to The Force Awakens. As the Resistance looks to gain an upper hand against the First Order, she’ll be the one leading the charge.
Luke trains Rey on Star Wars: The Last Jedi IMAX Poster
A special IMAX poster for Star Wars: The Last Jedi shows Luke Skywalker watching Rey train from a distance on the planet Ahch-To. The hype train for the latest chapter in the iconic saga is in full effect now, following the release of the latest theatrical trailer last night. Already, several fans have purchased their tickets for opening night, planning to see the film on the biggest of screens. It goes without saying that The Last Jedi is a movie that seems tailor-made for IMAX, fully immersing viewers in the galaxy far, far away. Lucasfilm will of course release the film in the premium format, where Rian Johnson’s visuals should be a wonder to behold.
The scenes on Ahch-To look especially beautiful, and there should be a healthy amount of substance to complement the impressive style. Luke and Rey’s dynamic is said to be the beating heart of the picture, and judging from the trailer, Skywalker all but abandons the young scavenger when he becomes frightened by her power. Still, there will be sequences where the old Jedi shows Rey the ways of the Force, and one of them is depicted in a new poster for the film.
As part of a promotion at IMAX at AMC locations, attendees who see The Last Jedi in IMAX will receive exclusive prints from artist Dan Mumford. This is identical to The Force Awakens, which had a series of such one-sheets that were unveiled periodically over the early course of the film’s theatrical run. It isn’t surprising Lucasfilm is ensuring Episode VIII has the same treatment, and now the first of these has been revealed. You can check it out in the space below:
In the background, one can see the silhouette of Rey as she practices her lightsaber technique with Luke standing perched on the edge of a cliff as he looks out at his would-be apprentice. We already know that Skywalker is not going to be very welcoming towards Rey at the film’s outset, and while initially it was believed he’d warm up to her, the marketing is definitely implying Luke is an unwilling teacher. Seeing too much of Ben Solo in Rey, Luke seemingly cannot bring himself to complete Rey’s training out of fear he will repeat the same mistakes. How the relationship between Skywalker and Rey evolves is one of The Last Jedi‘s most intriguing elements, and it will be interesting to see where the two end up before Episode IX.
There will likely be additional IMAX/AMC posters revealed in the near future, as ComingSoon notes that they will be handed out on December 17, December 24, December 31, and January 7. It stands reason to believe a different one will be featured at theaters each week, encouraging fans to come back for repeat viewings and complete a collection. If The Last Jedi is as good as the trailer is suggesting, moviegoers will have no qualms returning to the multiplex again and again.
The world will get a brand new look at Star Wars: The Last Jedi tonight, when Disney and Lucasfilm release the second trailer for Rian Johnson’s sequel to J.J. Abrams’ The Force Awakens. Here’s the lowdown on how to get x-wings screaming into your eyeballs as soon as possible:
The trailer will debut in the US during halftime in the Minnesota Vikings and Chicago Bears’ Monday Night Football match (9 October). That means around 10pm ET and 3am BST (UK).
What to expect
Don’t worry, this is unlikely to be one of those stupid teasers where all they show is one visual and the logo. The first teaser for The Last Jedi showed off a fair amount but was mostly centred on the island where Rey was last seen visiting Luke – expect this one to stray away from Ahch-To and show what’s going on elsewhere.
When is the film actually out?
Star Wars: The Last Jedi opens in UK cinemas on 14 December 2017.
John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Mark Hamill, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels and Gwendoline Christie will all be back, joined by newcomers Benicia del Toro and Laura Dern.
As anticipation continues to build for this December’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi fans have become pretty well-acquainted with most of the major characters who will be appearing in the film. Obviously, Rey, Finn, and Poe will be returning as the main trio, while Luke Skywalker’s more prominent role is a big source of excitement. But for fans who are still looking for any new piece of information before The Last Jedi’s big debut, today we have a closer look at a few of the characters who have not received as much of the spotlight.
We Got This Covered shared some more images, including several Star Wars Topps trading cards, giving a closer new and returning characters. Among the familiar newcomers from The Force Awakens, like Captain Phasma, and the returning favorites, like Chewbacca, are a few names that haven’t been prominently featured in The Last Jedi‘s marketing, such as Admiral Ackbar, General Hux and the Porgs.
Check the gallery below:
As fans get ready to add to their Star Wars collections on Force Friday II, new action figures of some key The Last Jedi villains have been revealed. Writer/director Rian Johnson is set to open up the conflict between the Resistance and the First Order in his film, which means an abundance of merchandising opportunities for Lucasfilm’s various partners. Though Supreme Leader Snoke allegedly remains a mystery in the film, audiences will get learn a little more about him and finally see the antagonist in the flesh. One of the more intriguing additions to the saga in Episode VIII are the elite praetorian guards, which are the sequels’ answer to the royal guards that protected Emperor Palpatine. Based on their eye-catching design, they seemed they’d make for cool figures.
Released as an exclusive to io9, there are four retailer exclusives that will be available. Snoke can only be found at GameStop, the individual guard is at Amazon, the 4-pack guards of evil (which spans the entire franchise) is exclusive to GameStop, the Disney Store, and Barnes & Noble, and the Obi-Wan Kenobi Force Ghost can be purchased at Walgreens. You can see them all in the gallery below:
Of these, the Snoke figure will probably be the one that generates the most interest, as that character was completely absent during the Force Awakensmerchandising rush. This is one of the best looks at the Supreme Leader we’ve gotten yet, giving viewers a taste of his physical appearance in The Last Jedi. In addition to the gold fabric robe (a sign of Snoke’s opulence), the figure comes with a throne on which it can sit. The 4-pack of guards has a nice variety, starting with the blue Senate guards from the Republic and working its way to the praetorian forces from Episode VIII. The inclusion of Obi-Wan in this line is simply an original trilogy callback, as the toy is from The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. This is not confirmation Kenobi’s spirit will show up in Star Wars 8, though that is still possible at this point in time.
The Last Jedi Leia Hasbro figure available to pre-order
Force Friday II is here, and so is the first look at new action figure of General Leia Organa from Star Wars: The Last Jedi. The hunt for the newest Star Wars merchandise kicked off at 12:01 a.m. Friday, as fans waited in lines at retailers worldwide to get their hands on new action figures, vehicles, play sets and more in conjunction with the upcoming eighth episode in the Skywalker family saga.
On Thursday, Hasbro officially unveiled images of new 3 3/4-inch and 6-inch action figures of such characters from The Last Jedi, including Luke Skywalker, Rey, Kylo Ren, Finn and Poe Dameron. Noticeably absent, however, from any of Hasbro reveals were any photos of 3 3/4-inch figures of Carrie Fisher’s General Leia Organa. And while it was revealed at San Diego Comic-Con that a 6-inch inch Black Series figure of General Leia from The Force Awakens was on the way from Hasbro, there was no word of a new Leia figure from The Last Jedi.
That all has changed on Force Friday II, though, when the Disney Store put up a pre-order page for the toymaker’s 3 3/4-inch General Leia. Dressed in the ceremonial robes that the character has worn in photos and video footage released from the film, Leia – which features a spot-on likeness of Fisher – also comes with a blaster. The figure also comes with Force Link technology, which with the Force Link Starter Kit will allow fans to hear lines Leia cites in the movie.
It only makes sense that General Leia have an action figure for The Last Jedi, not only because the character made iconic by Fisher is sure to play a pivotal role in the film, but merely for the fact that it’s Leia. Together with Luke, Han Solo and Darth Vader, the intergalactic princess-turned-general is one of the most recognizable characters in the Star Wars universe, and to leave her by the wayside and not produce an action figure of her would be a travesty.
Fans had to hunt a little harder for the General Leia 3 3/4 inch figure for The Force Awakens (largely because it was a Black Series exclusive for a large, nationwide retailer), but likely the Leia figure iteration for The Last Jedi will be in plentiful supply. Given the fact that this will be Fisher’s last appearance as Leia following her tragic passing in December, this figure will surely be a piece of memorabilia that every Star Wars fan will want in their collection.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi will introduce a new member to the galaxy far, far away’s continuously-growing droid family: BB-9E. As many fans know, robots are an integral part of the film franchise, playing key roles in all of the movies to date. In A New Hope, C-3PO and R2-D2 were the ones who set the story in motion, escaping with the Death Star plans to Tatooine and meeting Luke Skywalker. It’s impossible to imagine what the series would look like without the droids, and they’ve gone on to become some of the best characters Star Wars has to offer. It wasn’t really a surprise when the sarcastic K-2SO stole the show in last year’s Rogue One, getting one of the more emotional deaths in the third act.
One of the breakout stars in The Force Awakens was unquestionably BB-8, who provided amusing comic relief and turned into a merchandising juggernaut all on his own. Of course, the new-generation astromech returns in The Last Jedi, with Rian Johnson teasing he is the Buster Keaton of the Star Wars universe. While many will be excited to see BB-8 on the big screen again, he’s hardly the only droid that will appear in the film. With Force Friday II products being officially unveiled today, newcomer BB-9E is generating much interest, jokingly referred to by the fans as BB-8’s evil twin. So who is this robot and how will he fit into The Last Jedi? We’re going to take a closer look.
BB-9E by Joshua M. Smith. Source: Behance.
WHO IS BB-9E?
All info about BB-9E in the Databank from Star Wars official site is:
BB-9E: The First Order benefits from the latest technology across all its activities. This includes having dark, gleaming BB astromech units of their own that keep their starships and machinery operational.
Since most of Episode VIII is being kept under wraps, there aren’t many official details about BB-9E at this point in time. He essentially is the First Order’s answer to BB-8, designed in all-black with a flatter head than his Resistance counterpart. BB-9E is the latest in a growing line of “evil doppelganger” droids in Star Wars canon, following the footsteps of 0-0-0 (C-3PO) and BT-1 (R2-D2) from Kieron Gillen’s Darth Vader comic. Lucasfilm’s plan was to use Force Friday II festivities as a welcoming party for The Last Jedi‘s new star (and in a way they stuck to that), but it’s been known BB-9E would be in Star Wars 8 for months now. The character kept popping up in a variety of toy leaks, including LEGO sets and Funko Pop bobbleheads. He is also getting the Sphero treatment, along with R2-D2 and an updated BB-8.
Fans may recall that last year during Rogue One promotion, Imperial astromech droid C2-B5 was highlighted in imagery, but ultimately did not appear in the film. There is an outside chance that is the case with BB-9E, but odds are he will be seen in Episode VIII. Quite frankly, he’s too omnipresent in the marketing campaign to be in danger of ending up on the cutting room floor. The fact that Sphero made sure to include BB-9E in their latest product line is a strong indication he is a robot of some importance and Lucasfilm has big plans for him. Granted, the studio has been guilty of overselling “cool” looking villains in the past (see: Captain Phasma), but odds are BB-9E is at the very least a secondary supporting figure and doesn’t merely make a cameo.
THIS ISN’T THE DROID YOU ARE LOOKING FOR
It’s interesting that the BB-9E mini-figure is included in both the First Order Star Destroyer and Kylo Ren’s TIE fighter LEGO kits, as those may provide clues for how he’ll fit into the narrative. His presence in the latter suggests he could be Kylo’s personal astromech, similar to R2-D2 for Luke Skywalker. Additionally, Finn and Rose’s secret mission sees the two go undercover aboard a Star Destroyer. BB-8 is said to be accompanying them on this journey, so the stage is set for a scene where yin and yang cross paths. Fans shouldn’t expect anything similar to Chopper’s antics on Rebels in live-action, but an interaction between BB-8 and his so-called evil twin would provide a nice moment of levity in what should be a dark (but still fun) blockbuster. Hopefully, the incoming onslaught of new Last Jedi trailers and TV spots offer something more concrete.
BB-8 meets his dark side in this new Star Wars Blips Video:
Ultimately, BB-9E gives Rian Johnson an opportunity to further expand the First Order by showing off more of what the antagonists have at their disposal (also see the First Order Executioner). The director’s goal with The Last Jediwas to take the franchise in new directions and show fans things they haven’t seen before. While the Trade Federation’s battle droids were part of the villain forces in the prequel trilogy, they were primarily a faceless army. All of the movie robots to be given a personality (and a name) by the filmmakers fight with the good guys – including the reprogrammed K-2SO. It’s a simple, yet smart, concept. Take something we love (BB-8) and present the inverse of it, a line of thinking that also spawned Canto Bight. Hopefully, BB-9E isn’t just for show and becomes a standout in his own right.
UPDATED: Empire Magazine has just released an image of the Newsstand Edition Star Wars: The Last Jedi cover featuring Luke Skywalker and Rey. This issue is expected to hit newsstand this Thursday!
The Last Jedi Poe Dameron’s improved X-Wing revealed
Taken directly from the pages of the October issue of Empire (on sale this Thursday), this exclusive image from Star Wars: The Last Jedi* shows Poe Dameron’s X-Wing, codenamed Black One, specially retrofitted with additional thrust to help evade incoming fire.
The X-Wing (an Incom-FreiTek T-70, to be precise) has, according to Rian Johnson, been specially modified by Resistance engineers, with a temporary accelerator pod affixed to the aft section. According to The Last Jedi director, the pod, when primed, increases Dameron’s speed, allowing him to outrun First Order cannon emplacements. It’s just a temporary boost and will burn out quickly but it’s enough to get beyond the barrage of turbo laser fire from First Order Star Destroyers such as the one depicted in the image.
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Star Wars Episode VIII – The Last Jedi gets the full Empire cover treatment this month, with a magical holographic sheen, and an epic eight-page feature inside, to boot. Take a look below at what lucky subscribers will have landing on their doormats any day now.
As you can see, the subscriber cover shows the hand of Daisy Ridley’s Rey handing the lightsaber to the robotic hand of Mark Hamill’s Luke Skywalker, as seen in the final scene of The Force Awakens and the opening scene of The Last Jedi.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi release date: Dec 15, 2017.