A new international Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker poster seems to confirm the return of porgs. The final movie in the Star Wars sequel trilogy already promises to be a throwback of sorts, with the return of Emperor Palpatine and Lando Calrissian, not to mention an appearance by the wreckage of the Galactic Empire’s long-destroyed superweapon the Death Star. It seems the film will also feature big roles for fan favorites R2-D2 and C-3PO after the original trilogy droids were mostly relegated to the background for The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi.
Of course, Rise of Skywalker also figures to focus heavily on characters of more recent vintage, as Rey, Finn and Poe embark on a mission together, and Kylo Ren again embraces his place as the successor to Darth Vader (as symbolized by his repaired helmet). There will also be some new characters thrown into the fray, including Naomi Ackie’s Jannah and Keri Russell’s Zorii Bliss, as well as Richard E. Grant’s General Pryde and Dominic Monaghan’s as-yet-unnamed character. The film will even feature a new droid named D-O, who promises to give BB-8 a run for his money as the most adorable non-human character in the movie.
When it comes to adorable Star Wars characters though, arguably no one beats the porgs, the tiny bird-like alien race introduced in The Last Jedi. In a bit of good news for porg fans, though it seemed that the creatures would be left in the past as the Star Wars saga moves on to the final film, it now appears that porgs do in fact make an appearance in The Rise of Skywalker. A new German poster on the starwars_de Instagram page shows all the expected characters and vehicles, but also features a single tiny porg hanging out in the bottom left. See the image in the space below:
That the single porg shows up on the German poster seems to indicate that the tiny creatures tested very well in that particular market. American audiences may not have fully embraced the porgs however, as many complained that they seemed like a gratuitous marketing ploy, and overall contributed to The Last Jedi feeling a bit too silly for a Star Wars movie. Indeed, Rise of Skywalker feels in some ways like a deliberate attempt to leave The Last Jedi behind, so it’s no surprise that porgs have been excluded from the marketing.
However, though porgs are nowhere to be seen in the American trailers and artwork for The Rise of Skywalker, it seems the creatures are in the movie after all. Of course, it’s not known how much porg action there will actually be in the new film. It’s possible that the porg Terbus, who left Ahch-To on the Falcon and became famous for his shocked face, has become a sort of mascot for the ship and will get an appearance. At any rate, the cat appears to be out of the bag on porgs being in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, despite attempts to keep the fact a secret.