A new Rogue One DeepFake video greatly improves the original special effects. Leia Organa and Grand Moff Tarkin look even better than when the film was released by Lucasfilm and Disney in 2016. Peter Cushing portrayed Grand Moff Tarkin in A New Hope and died in 1994. Carrie Fisher portrayed Leia in the original Star Wars trilogy and then again in the sequel trilogy. Fisher died a few weeks after Rogue One opened in theaters.
Rogue One has largely been adopted by Star Wars fans since its release. The special effects were state of the art at the time, but even 4 years later it looks a little dated. DeepFake technology has flourished in recent years, and Shamook, the DeepFake artist behind the new Tron: Legacy video, has vastly improved the look of Grand Moff Tarkin and Princess Leia Organa in the film. Peter Cushing and Carrie Fisher look more natural in the DeepFake video, which even leads some viewers to believe that it's the real deal.
John Knoll is the Chief Creative Officer and Senior Visual Effects Guru at Lucasfilm. At the time of Rogue One's release, Knoll was talking about the challenges of creating a young version of Leia Organa and a digital version of Grand Moff Tarkin. "It's a lot of pressure, yes. I mean, they're digital people, it's the hardest thing in computer graphics," Knoll said in early 2017. "Well, we look at human faces all day every day. So people are very attuned to see something that – that looks. "
Grand Moff Tarkin was brought back with the blessing of Peter Cushing's estate. Motion capture actor Guy Henry portrayed the character on the big screen while the special effects team worked their magic. It was a challenge, but John Knoll and the crew did it with the tools they had at the time. Even so, DeepFake technology is growing rapidly, bringing some natural-looking characters to Rogue One without affecting the original footage.
Carrie Fisher was a little involved in the digital restoration of her younger self. "She was involved in the process and she saw the end result and she loved it," said John Knoll. "She saw the scene. [Kathleen Kennedy, President of Lucasfilm] showed it to her. So I got a call from Kathy who said, 'Well, Carrie loved it.'" Fans were surprised by the appearances of Grand Moff Tarkin, Leia Organa and Darth Vader in Rogue One. Now fans are looking forward to the Rogue One prequel series that is currently being developed. You can check out the latest DeepFake video above thanks to Shamook's YouTube channel.
Topics: Rogue One, Star Wars, Deepfake
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