|Directed by||:||Rian Johnson||Produced by||:||Kathleen Kennedy, Ram Bergman||Written by||:||Rian Johnson||Starring||:||Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac||Production company||:||Lucasfilm Ltd.||Country||:||United States|
StarWars.com spoke to Star Wars: The Last Jedi Full Movie creature concept designer Jake Lunt Davies for a special three-part series. Each installment focuses on one new element from the film that the artist designed, complete with Davies’ concept art, which can also be found in The Art of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. (In case you missed it, be sure to check out part one, on porgs.) Today, we discuss the Caretakers — the keepers of the island Ahch-To, site of the first Jedi Temple.
Jake Lunt Davies: They came before the porgs and again, that was a one-word brief: “puffin people.” Okay, so it was more than a one-word brief…two words: “puffin people.” And then we were told that they were going to be sort of nuns. They were not necessarily a holy order, by like nuns they were an all-female community of indigenous aliens that lived this slightly monastic lifestyle. They had some role that was important to the Jedi, perhaps. That was kind of it, really. We started to look at aquatic animals. The color ways of puffins combined with aquatic animals, I suppose. And I drew lots of things that were riffing off walruses and seals and whales. I’d done a handful of different drawings, and you can sort of see in about three different drawings, elements that came together. So for instance, in one drawing, Rian [Johnson] liked the fact that they’ve got bird feet. But the rest of it he wasn’t that keen on, it had a mask on or something like that. So we combined a few different elements, and what you end up with, and what I liked about the Caretakers, is that you have this very chunky and, again, quite simple shaped upper body, and tiny, little, thin legs. You get this great silhouette of the Caretakers.