Star Wars character called porg Star Wars character called porg The cuteness of a porg will make all your worries go away. At least until the movie's over. (Photo: Lucasfilm/Screenshot)

The newest 'Star Wars' sidekick will have you swooning with cuteness

He's so cuddly, you'll want to curl up next to one while you're watching 'The Last Jedi.'

One of the enduring qualities of the "Star Wars" franchise is that it keeps coming up with new, lovable non-human characters to savor. There are the Wookies from "Return of the Jedi," Jar Jar Binks from "The Phantom Menace,” not to mention Chewbacca, R2-D2, BB-8, C3PO ...

Well, fasten your seat belts, because the ultimate in "Star Wars" character cuteness is about to catapult you out of your reclining Dream Lounger movie seat.

Meet the porg.

He's what you get when you cross a hamster with a penguin and make him watch videos of puppies. He'll be making his first appearance in Episode VIII, titled "Star Wars: The Last Jedi," slated for a December release. He's shrouded in secrecy, but here's what little we do know about him:

He comes from Ahch-To.

Ahch-To was Luke Skywalker's home after he went into exile. But it didn't appear on film into "The Force Awakens" in 2015. Ahch-To was Luke Skywalker's home after he went looking for the first Jedi Temple and was exiled. But it didn't appear on film until "The Force Awakens" in 2015. (Photo: Star Wars Wiki)

Bless you! This planet of mostly water didn't actually appear on film until 2015's "The Force Awakens," but it's been part of the story since the beginning. Now, it's apparently the home to these endearing creatures, who apparently don't mind a landscape of ocean and rocky islands.

He will add to the movie's lighthearted side.

American director Rian Johnson, who crafted "The Last Jedi's" plot strokes with prolific Israeli filmmaker Ram Bergman, told Vanity Fair in an interview that he made every effort to give the film some levity.

"I didn’t want this to be a dirge, a heavy-osity movie,” he said. "So one thing I’ve tried really hard to do is keep the humor in there, to maintain the feeling, amid all the heavy operatic moments, that you’re on a fun ride."

And with porgs in the mix, it's sure to be just that.

He's bound to be a bestselling toy come Christmastime.

A small child mesmerized by the newest LEGO set. Let the holiday gift blood-letting begin. (Photo: Matthew Lloyd/Getty Images)

You get a porg! You get a porg! Everybody gets a porg! These creatures were basically tailor-made for mass production, what with their furry exteriors and impossibly huge eyes. The Disney force is strong with this one.

Even the 2D concept art is adorable.

This concept art of a porg was released two weeks ago to the excitement of fans.This concept art of a porg was released two weeks ago to the excitement of fans. (Photo: Lucasfilm)

Look at this concept sketch of a porg. LOOK AT IT. Tell it all of your problems. Bask in its irresistible orb. It's like therapy.

He's not part of this teaser trailer, but we thought you'd like to see it anyway.

Those darn teaser trailers. Always ... teasing.


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