From rancors to rathtars, the Star Wars universe has never been one to skimp on elaborately designed aliens. The original trilogy of films was defined by its stop-motion animated monsters and otherworldly puppets, and now it looks like Star Wars: The Last Jedi will continue in that tradition.
Fan site Star Wars News Net last year published an aerial shot taken over Dunmore Head, Ireland that showed a massive, half-finished puppet under construction on the rocky headland. Dunmore Head was one of the primary filming locations for The Last Jedi, and it now looks like the area will be home to the massive alien as depicted by the news site.
Using newly disclosed images, the site was able to reconstruct the creature based on that first aerial photograph. Artist Eli Hyder drew his interpretation of the alien, which looks almost like a gigantic white penguin with a many-tentacled mouth. It’s estimated that the puppet itself is roughly nine feet tall and four feet wide, but there’s no telling how large it will appear in the final cut.
It’s unclear whether the creature will play a major role in The Last Jedi when all is said and done, or if it will simply be set dressing and fan theory fodder. The Star Wars series has a long history of casting puppets and CGI characters in major roles. Yoda, a puppet character who debuted in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, is perhaps one of the most beloved and recognizable characters in the franchise. On the other end of the spectrum, the CGI character Jar Jar Binks and was introduced in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace but progressively receded into that trilogy’s background due to widespread criticism.
Regardless of what role it takes in the film, the strange, white, cliff-dwelling alien will schlomp – it really looks like a creature that could schlomp – it’s way into theaters later this year along with The Last Jedi.
Debuting in theaters December 15, Star Wars: The Last Jedi is a production of Lucasfilm directed by Rian Johnson and starring Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, Carrie Fisher as General Leia Organa, Adam Driver as Kylo Ren, Daisy Ridley as Rey, John Boyega as Finn, Oscar Isaac as Poe Dameron, Lupita Nyong'o as Maz Kanata, Domhnall Gleeson as General Armitage Hux, Anthony Daniels as C-3PO, Gwendoline Christie as Captain Phasma and Andy Serkis as Supreme Leader Snoke.