Things We Saw Today: Porgs Are Star Wars’ Adorable New Creature and They Are Here to Ruin Your Life

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Porgs! Porgs! Porgs!!! Don’t @me, I also loved the Ewoks.

Listen, I know creatures designed to elicit “Aww!“s can end up pissing off a good portion of Star Wars-watchers, but check out this Porg from The Last Jedi and tell me you don’t want to cuddle the hell out of it:

Do you think they say “Porg! Porg!” as they flap along?? God, I hope so.

Director Rian Johnson was inspired to create the Porgs, who are native to the planet Ahch-To (where Rey will with Luke), after seeing the puffins that clustered around the movie’s shoots in Ireland. And there’s already Porg-shaped drama on the horizon, per TIME: “Lest you think the new creature is filling the Han Solo-shaped hole in Chewie’s heart, EW reports that while Porgs are cute and cuddly, they are ‘vexing to Wookies.'” Chewbacca is not happy, but I need a stuffed Porg, like, yesterday. Of course, our Porg-related fears are not entirely unfounded:

PORG! (via Time)

  • Here are some grossly sexist emails a Hollywood assistant says she received from her boss. The Porgs hate that guy. (via Jezebel)
  • Katie “Little Joey Potter'” Holmes will star in a movie adaptation of the best-selling book The Secret. Yes, the self-help book about imagining your way to a better life. No, I don’t get it, either. (via Deadline)
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  • Netflix has confirmed that the Coen Brothers are making a Western anthology series called The Ballad of Buster Scruggs. (via Twitter)
  • Lionsgate thinks The Hunger Games and Twilight have more stories to tell (translation: more cash to make), despite adapting all of the books in those series. Hey Lionsgate, there are a plethora of excellent YA fantasies without brown-haired white girls as the protagonists, we promise. Should we send you a box of books? (via Variety)
  • Bill Murray was moved to tears when he attended a performance of Groundhog Day: The Musical. Bill Murray was moved to tears when he attended a performance of Groundhog Day: The Musical. Bill Murray was moved to tears when he attended a performance of Groundhog Day: The Musical.  (via Indiewire)

Who would win in a fight between a groundhog and a Porg? Or would they be best friends?

(image: Disney/Lucasfilm via Entertainment Weekly, Giphy)

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Kaila Hale-Stern (she/her) is a content director, editor, and writer who has been working in digital media for more than fifteen years. She started at TMS in 2016. She loves to write about TV—especially science fiction, fantasy, and mystery shows—and movies, with an emphasis on Marvel. Talk to her about fandom, queer representation, and Captain Kirk. Kaila has written for io9, Gizmodo, New York Magazine, The Awl, Wired, Cosmopolitan, and once published a Harlequin novel you'll never find.
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