Warning: The following features potential spoilers for Star Wars: Episode VIII. If you don’t want to know any details regarding the next chapter in the Skywalker saga, feel free to avoid reading. If you aren’t too concerned about small details, feel free to continue reading.
Fans are still losing their minds over Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and for good reason. Director Gareth Edwards successfully proved that Star Wars films can be made outside of the episodic saga. But for all the hype and praise we can shower his film with, many fans are still on pins and needles about Star Wars: Episode VIII.
Obviously, we’re not getting a trailer for the Rian Johnson-directed film, but don’t fret because Kathleen Kennedy has announced that we will see our first glimpse of Rey, Finn, Poe, Kylo Ren and Luke Skywalker’s next chapter in their journey. But while we anticipate the first trailer, Making Star Wars has received some potential new details about new creature designs for Episode VIII.
Everyone remembers the final scene of The Force Awakens, in which Rey, along with Chewbacca and R2-D2 fly the Falcon over to this mysterious island on the planet Ahch-To. There, Rey finally meets Luke Skywalker and the tease of a brand new adventure awaits. It seems that much of Rey and Luke’s screentime in Episode VIII will take place on this planet, and as it turns out, Luke may have already had company. According to Making Star Wars, there may be creatures on the island that are akin to puffins in our reality, but altered for the Star Wars touch.
Rumor has it that these creatures have razor sharp teeth, and would follow the Gremlins mantra of being both terrifying and adorable. It is also rumored that one of these creatures views Luke as a protector of the island, and for Rey to receive their trust, she winds up fighting off a large sea monster.
If these rumors are to be believed, Episode VIII is going to expand on the creature designs in a very big way. I am curious to see how these puffin-like creatures are implemented into the environment of Ahch-To, and also kudos to the designers for finding a way to combine both the Star Wars tone and the natural, realistic tone of Skellig Michael Island to create something new for the saga.
Directed by Rian Johnson and starring Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, Andy Serkis, Benicio del Toro, Laura Dern and Kelly Marie Tran, Star Wars: Episode VIII comes to a galaxy near you on December 15, 2017.