Another Star Wars star has chimed in on the Baby Yoda Vs. Porgs debate. And it sounds like Porgs are truly yesterday's news. Baby Yoda has taken over the conversation and is even threatening to take over The Rise of Skywalker. The adorable little creature was introduced in the first episode of The Mandalorian and he quickly upstaged his human co-star, Pedro Pascal. When asked whether or not it bothered him, Pascal says, "I'm cool with it." Now, John Boyega is getting in on the conversation and he has a NSFW message for the Porgs.
John Boyega is out doing press for The Rise of Skywalker and was recently bombarded by fans and the paparazzi while attending his next appointment. Boyega acted like a true pro as he took questions from the paparazzi while signing autographs and taking pictures with Star Wars fans. He spoke about accidentally leaking the Star Wars 9 script and then was asked about Baby Yoda. John Boyega was specifically asked about the Porgs vs. Baby Yoda debate. "Baby Yoda, man!" exclaimed the Finn actor. He then mouthed to the camera, "F**k Porgs!"
It doesn't get more straight forward than that. John Boyega is clearly in the Baby Yoda camp, which seems to be the general consensus. While the Porgs were excepted by some Star Wars fans, Baby Yoda has been able to melt the heart of even the most negative fans in less than a month. Part of the allure is the mystery as to how he exists and where he came from. We're still in the dark and everybody wants to know just exactly what his presence will have to do with the franchise as a whole.
As for the Porgs, we have yet to see them in any promotional material for The Rise of Skywalker, except for one German poster. The international poster features one tiny, lonesome Porg, believed to be Chewbacca's buddy who is officially named Terbus. Obviously, we don't if it's Terbus in the poster, but it makes the most sense with the information we have. However, it seems like most of the world has forgotten about the Porgs in favor of The Child and all of his mysterious, adorable glory.
Baby Yoda was kept such a secret that Lucasfilm and Disney did not even have time to cash in on the merchandising this holiday season. That's huge since everybody is out on the hunt for anything with the character's likeness on it. Thankfully, Funko has everybody covered with a new POP! version of Baby Yoda on the way. Other than that, there's a few shirts and the final remaining four episodes of the series, which wraps up at the end of this month. Will Baby Yoda be around for The Mandalorian season 2? That answer is actually already out there if you want it spoiled. For now, you can head over to TMZ to see John Boyega's real thoughts on the Porgs.
Now that he’s done with Star Wars, John Boyega is using his clout to get some new projects off the ground. The actor just signed a deal with Netflix through his production company, UpperRoom Productions, to develop non-English language films, with a focus on West and East Africa countries. The streaming service says its all part of a plan to reinforce its investment in African storytelling with projects developed in African countries.
John Boyega’s UpperRoom Productions is teaming with Netflix to “develop film projects based on stories, cast, characters, crew, literary properties, mythology, screenplays and/or other elements in or around African countries, with a focus on West and East Africa.” Boyega, who was recently seen in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, is next set to appear in Chase Palmer’s Naked Singularity. He’s also set for the Netflix film Rebel Ridge, from director Jeremy Saulnier. Boyega previously came aboard the South African crime-thriller God Is Good as an executive producer and will also oversee the movie’s soundtrack.
“I am thrilled to partner with Netflix to develop a slate of non-English language feature films focused on African stories and my team and I are excited to develop original material,” said Boyega. “We are proud to grow this arm of our business with a company that shares our vision.” Boyega set up UpperRoom in 2016 as part of his producing role on Pacific Rim Uprising.
Netflix wants to increase its African created-based content, having recently announced production on its first original scripted series from Nigeria, the still-untilted Akin Omotoso Project. They’ve also announced other African originals, Blood & Water and Mama K’s Team 4, that will premiere later this year and join Netflix’s first Africa Original, Queen Sono, which dropped on February 28.
“Africa has a rich history in storytelling and for Netflix, this partnership with John and UpperRoom presents an opportunity to further our investment in the continent while bringing unique African stories to our members both in Africa and around the world,” said David Kosse, Vice President of International Film at Netflix.
A concept artist on The Mandalorian still refers to the Child as Baby Yoda. Lucasfilm and Disney have confirmed dozens of times that his official name, for the time being, is the Child. He is not an infant version of the little green Jedi Master, though he looks just like him. In the Star Wars timeline, the real Yoda is dead at the time of The Mandalorian. There is still a ton of mystery surrounding the Child and the species that he is.
The Mandalorian concept artist Doug Chiang posted some concept art from the series on social media. The image is of Din Djarin as he holds the Child in his hand. Chiang posted the image, along with a caption that reads, 'Time for a Mando and Baby Yoda sketch!' We all know he's the Child, but Baby Yoda just fits so much better, especially since we know next to nothing about the little green dude.
The Mandalorian season 2 should debut in the fall. Disney+ and Lucasfilm have confirmed that the show is supposed to come out in October, but that could all change at any moment, due to the current state of world affairs. The entertainment business has been stalled as we all wait for this to pass. Regardless, season 2 should give us a bit more insight into who and what Baby Yoda is, or at least tease more of his backstory. We do know that Moff Gideon will be trying to get his hands on him, which could prove to be massive problem for Din Djarin.
A lot of Star Wars fans have been curious about the original Yoda's species for decades. It's never been explained before and some fans want to leave it that way. It's unclear how far Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni will go into the Child's history, but there are still a lot of people who want to learn more about the original Yoda in The Mandalorian. It will be interesting to see how much information they will be coming up with. Regardless, if it goes far enough, it could anger a lot of Star Wars fans, which seems inevitable at this point.
For now, we'll just have to wait and see what season 2 of The Mandalorian brings. We have yet to see any footage from the upcoming season, though that makes sense. If Star Wars Celebration ends up still happening at the end of August, we'll probably see the first footage there, or around that time. Disney and Lucasfilm have not yet commented on whether or not the annual celebration will happen this year, though San Diego Comic-Con seems to be going ahead, at least as of this writing. Things could change at any minute now. You can check out The Mandalorian concept art below, thanks to Doug Chiang's Instagram account.