Chewie befriends a Porg.
Special effects artist Neal Scanlan, who heads up the Creature Workshop for Star Wars: The Last Jedi, has shed some light on the origins of those mysterious Crystal Foxes from the film’s latest trailer.
In an interview with Empire, Scanlan explained the Crystal Foxes have developed a crystalline fur because of the planet they live on. “The theory is they’ve fed off this planet for so long that their fur has become crystalline,” he explained. “They’ve taken on the very surface of the planet they live on.”
As for the adorable Porgs, it seems Chewbacca actually befriends one during the course of the film. The very same Porg who is seen in the Millennium Falcon with Chewie “shows some very Wookiee traits in the way he’s coloured; his patterning is very similar to Chewie’s.”
The Porgs are partially related to the more sentient nun-like creatures called the Caretakers, who also live on the island of Ahch-To with Luke Skywalker. “With Ahch-To, it felt like the only creatures that would ever exist on this island were those indigenous to it, where very few other species and DNA would have reached them,” said Scanlan. “So they’re an extrapolation from the porgs and have bird-like feet, but they’re a further developed race.”
For more on Star Wars: The Last Jedi, check out what Andy Serkis had to say about the new trailer‘s tone, learn how Lucasfilm determines what to spoil in their trailers, and delve into our piece on Kylo Ren and Luke Skywalker.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi opens in theaters on December 15.