‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’: Chewbacca Actor Talks Porgs

'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Chewbacca actor Joonas Suotamo discusses the beloved character's connection with the film's new creatures, the Porgs.

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Now that we are in the homestretch for the promotional tour for Star Wars: The Last Jedi, we are now hearing from much of the cast and crew teasing some of the material shown in the trailers and TV spots. One of the actors now ready to promote the film is Joonas Suotamo (Chewbacca).

Following in the footsteps of the great Peter Mayhew, Suotamo takes over as the beloved co-pilot of the Millennium Falcon. In all of the trailers and TV spots, there is already one moment that fans have immediately latched onto in regards to Chewbacca’s adventure in this film.

As seen in the second trailer, we see Chewbacca growling determinedly inside the Falcon as the camera zooms back and we see his own co-co-pilot, an unnamed Porg making noises as well. In one of the recent TV spots, we see that Chewbacca shoves the Porg aside.

While promoting the film, Suotamo shared some details regarding the Porgs as well as Chewbacca’s developing connection with them:

“I definitely felt bad about pushing the Porg aside so violently like I did. Like any relationship, it needs some work, and Chewie doesn’t warm up very fast to anything. He’ll need some encouragement. I think the Porgs need to initiate the friendliness.”

The Porgs have been one of the most prominent elements within the film that have been seen in the marketing. Some fans may feel cynical regarding the cute nature of these creatures, fearing they come off as a cashgrab a la the Ewoks, but maybe they will surprise audiences as more than just adorable creatures in the galaxy.

“In Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the Skywalker saga continues as the heroes of The Force Awakens join the galactic legends in an epic adventure that unlocks age-old mysteries of the Force and shocking revelations of the past.”

Written and directed by Rian Johnson, the film stars Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, Kelly Marie Tran, Laura Dern and Benicio del Toro.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi arrives in our galaxy on December 15.

Source: USA Today

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