Lucasfilm hires the YouTube deepfaker who put its Luke, Leia and Tarkin cameos to shame

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I recently re-watched Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. It mostly held up — except for Lucasfilm’s attempt to bring Carrie Fisher’s Princess Leia and Peter Cushing’s Grand Moff Tarkin back to the big screen using CGI. That’s something that only bugged me the tiniest bit the first time I watched it.

But Lucasfilm’s Industrial Light and Magic may now have the ability to make those movies a tad more futureproof, because it’s hired a YouTuber who specializes in deepfaking Star Wars and other big-budget movies, showing up their CGI de-aging techniques. Shamook is the one who “fixed” Luke Skywalker’s cameo in The Mandalorian to the tune of 1.9 million views, and the improvements to Rogue One’s Tarkin are phenomenal:

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Peter Cushing was certainly thin in the role, but he no longer looks quite so emaciated.

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