Star Wars: The Last Jedi is less than two months away and after the latest trailer, we couldn’t be more excited. Arguably the highlight of the trailer was the adorable new creature, known as a Porg, giving his own battle cry alongside Chewie.
They already have their own hashtag, #PorgNation, and it seems to be taking over! With the Porgs set to steal the show in The Last Jedi, here are some of the other Star Wars side characters that also stole the limelight…
The way Star Wars fans talk about this galactic bounty hunter, you’d think he was the primary villain. With a mere four lines of dialogue, and precisely six minutes and 32 seconds of screen time, it might be hard to see why so many people adore this character, but perhaps that is exactly the point.
He was so impactful in his relatively short appearances, there's no denying how badass this character is. From his iconic armour to his ruthless no-nonsense attitude (this is the guy who handed Han Solo over to Jabba the Hutt), Boba Fett doesn’t just steal the scene, he steals the movie, and we wouldn’t have him any other way.
Sticking with the villains, few come as iconic as Darth Maul who, despite only appearing in one film, is one of the most popular bad guys of all time.
Many were disappointed when he met his untimely end at the end of The Phantom Menace as it felt like there was so much more to be spent with this character. Similar to Boba Fett, Maul has only a handful of lines of dialogue and his screen time was also limited, but where he made the most impact was in the incredible three-way lightsaber duel which saw him face off against Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) and Qui-Gon Jinn (Liam Neeson).
Set to the epic ‘Duel of the Fates’ by John Williams, the fight utilises athletic Maul actor and martial artist Ray Park to incredible effect, and who can forget the two-sided lightsaber as well, arguably the coolest weapon in the galaxy.
Undoubtedly the highlight of The Phantom Menace, fingers crossed he gets the solo spin-off movie he deserves.
There was a fair amount of competition for scene-stealers in Return of the Jedi, but few are as iconic and memorable as Admiral Ackbar. Few other characters could create so much impact with just three little words (“It’s a trap!”), going on to becoming an internet meme, and one of the most popular characters in the whole of the Star Wars universe.
Let us not forget that aside from that, Admiral Ackbar was actually pretty important in the Battle of Endor, as the foremost military commander, leading the attack against the Galactic Empire.
In further good news for Ackbar fans, following his brief appearance in The Force Awakens he will also be back in The Last Jedi.
Wicket and the Ewoks
Ask anyone what their favourite part of Return of the Jedi is, and it’s almost guaranteed that no-one will mention the Ewoks. But come on. These adorable furry creatures who inhabit the forest moon of Endor might look cute and cuddly, but they are also a force to be reckoned with, taking down the high-tech weaponry of the Empire with ropes, slingshots and rocks.
The ultimate scene-stealer though has to be Wicket, played by Harry Potter actor Warwick Davis. After befriending Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher), he helps protect her and the two forge an adorable bond. Cute, cuddly, and badass? The Ewoks have it all.
“I am one with the Force, and the Force is with me”. This mantra uttered by the exceptionally badass Chirrut Imwe (Donnie Yen) in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was undoubtedly one of the most iconic lines of dialogue in any Star Wars movie since “May the Force be with you”, helping cement this character as a fan favourite.
This character was so intriguing and so different to anything we have seen before that we can’t help but hope that he gets his own spin-off film, or at least an appearance in another movie as we just can’t get enough of him. The true definition of a scene-stealer.
Sarah Buddery is a writer who blogs for Cineworld as part of our news team.