Rian Johnson slices into a huge, realistic-looking, Porg cake. Nabbing more than $1.3 billion at the global box office, the Johnson written/directed Star Wars: The Last Jedi was mainly lauded for its bold storytelling that definitely expanded the franchise's lore. However, there are still groups of fans who weren't thrilled with his creative choices making it a great topic of conversation in the fan community.
Continuing the main narrative that J.J. Abrams' Star Wars: The Force Awakens started in 2015, the sequel reunited fans with Episode VII characters such as Rey, Poe, Finn and Kylo Ren, as well as legacy characters like Luke and Leia. On top of furthering the storyline, Johnson also introduced some brand new key players in the mix with Amilyn Holdo, DJ, and of course, the Porgs. The cliff-dwelling creatures were inspired by the real-life puffins of Skellig Michael - the filming site for Ahch-To, and became famous for their hyper-curiosity which often provided comic relief during The Last Jedi.
A video of Johnson slicing into a life-like Porg cake was posted on his official Instagram account during a gathering attended by the director and Disney's marketing team to celebrate the massive financial success of The Last Jedi. As Johnson starts to slice through the massive cake, he can be heard repeatedly saying "I'm sorry" as the crowd cheered him on. After cutting through its head, he ended it by piercing the knife on the Porg's torso as he jokingly said "weirdly satisfying." In the end, he invites everyone to take a piece of the cake. Check it out below:
Since their debut, Porgs have been divisive creatures in the Star Wars canon, similar to the Ewoks from Return of the Jedi. Some viewed them as a way to cash in on toys, while others didn't mind their existence. There was also a point when hilarious parody posters and trailers featuring the creatures populated the interent. But once The Last Jedi finally rolled out, they won most naysayers overs thanks to Johnson's clever way of using them interject humor in Ahch-To scenes, but also to establish an ecosystem in the isolated planet together with the Caretakers and the Thala-siren, proving that living things can survive in the island. If anything, they made Ahch-To interesting.
While it's uncertain if we'll see the Porgs again in Episode IX (though, some of them were at the Falcon when Rey and Chewie left the island), Johnson will be sticking a while longer in the franchise set in the galaxy, far, far away. The filmmaker is currently developing a brand new trilogy separate from the Skywalker saga. Story details about it are still scant at the moment, but we expect that he'll continue to explore the Star Wars mythology similar to what he did in Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
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