Star Wars: Rogue One May Digitally Recreate Peter Cushing's Grand Moff Tarkin

Monday, 24 August 2015 - 9:49AM
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Star Wars: Rogue One
Monday, 24 August 2015 - 9:49AM
Star Wars: Rogue One May Digitally Recreate Peter Cushing's Grand Moff Tarkin
Star Wars: Rogue One is going back to the beginning, following rebels as they try to steal plans to the Death Star. So it shouldn't come as too much of a surprise that the film will see the return of Grand Moff Tarkin, the creator of the Death Star, except that the actor, Peter Cushing, died of prostate cancer in 1994. According to The Daily Mail's sources on set, Cushing's character will be digitally re-created for Star Wars: Rogue One.

Tarkin was one of the main villains in Star Wars: A New Hope, and though he only appeared in one film in the original trilogy, he made quite an impression. He was the commander of the Death Star, and one of the few people who was never intimidated by Darth Vader. Most memorably, he ultimately destroyed Alderaan and ordered Princess Leia's execution. 

The character has gained something of a cult following, with many fans claiming that his death at the end of A New Hope (he was killed when the Death Star was destroyed), didn't do him justice. As a result of his popularity, a young version of the character appeared in Revenge of the Sith and the Clone Wars television series. Tarkin has also become a major player in the new expanded universe, as he was the protagonist of the second Star Wars novel to be published under Disney's reign.

Rogue One would be the perfect time to bring Tarkin back, as he would still be alive in the timeline and he oversaw the original construction of the Death Star. But since Cushing is deceased, the character will need to be entirely re-created using CGI. 

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"This is one of the most complex and costly CGI re-creations ever," said the source. "Cushing is a pivotal plot line as he was the one to create Darth Vader and there's a whole back story that will come out."
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There's precedent for using CGI to finish films when actors pass away during filming, such as Brandon Lee in The Crow, Philip Seymour Hoffman in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay pt 2, Paul Walker in Furious 7. There are far fewer instances of an actor starring in a movie long after he has passed away (Laurence Olivier in Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow and Marlon Brando in Superman Returns are some of the only examples in history), and honestly, it's a little creepy. Everyone loves the character, so it will be interesting to see what they do with him, but I would hope they got his family's permission before making the decision.

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"It is eerie to see someone who has been dead for so long come to life on a screen," said the source.
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Via Collider.
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