Star Wars Fans Go Bananas For Rogue One’s Space Monkey

It’s the latest ‘Star Wars’ creature… and it’s known as the Space Monkey.

During the recent ‘Star Wars: Rogue One’ panel at Celebration Europe, we were treated to a behind-the-scenes look at the filming of the upcoming ‘Star Wars’ spin-off. It features some epic battle scenes, some impressive new troopers and even a hint or two about what we might expect.

And it also featured this new, cackling creature.

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A cackling gunner aboard a helicopter-like vessel, the Space Monkey certainly made an impression. But we weren’t expecting him to reappear live on stage…

The Creatures, Droids, and Aliens of The Force Awakens panel promised a glimpse at some of the impressive work of the ‘Star Wars’ creature shop. And it did just that – showcasing the impressive work of the ‘Star Wars 7’ crew who brought the galaxy to life.

But then the Space Monkey crashed the party.

“Space Monkey is my true self,” said MTV writer, Crystal Bell.

That’s right – this was no mere prop display. Instead, the ‘Rogue One’ gunner appeared on stage in full costume, being performed by an actual performer.

Unfortunately, the creature’s official name was kept under wraps. But the creature shop crew revealed the ‘Space Monkey’ moniker and the rest is history.

But what’s this new creature like?

Judging from his antics on stage, he looks like a bit of a handful. The panel was being hosted by ‘Star Wars’ regular, Warwick Davis… but the diminutive actor only just kept the Space Monkey under control as he strutted around the stage throwing his hands in the air.

He later lobbed an Ewok plush toy at the panel’s host.

Does this give us a hint about the Space Monkey’s character? Will he prove to be a bit of a jerk by the time we see him in ‘Star Wars: Rogue One’?

For now, we have to wait and see.

‘Star Wars: Rogue One’ heads to cinemas on 17 December 2017.

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Picture Credit: Lucasfilm, Twitter.