Lucasfilm Hires YouTube Deepfaker

*The Mandalorian Season 2 Spoilers

Lucasfilm hires YouTuber, Shamook, best known for fixing Mandalorian’s Season 2 finale. At the end of The Mandalorian season 2, Luke Skywalker flies in to save the day. After demolishing robotic Dark Troopers, Skywalkers takes Grogu (Baby Yoda) for Jedi training. An epic moment was forgotten by the lackluster CGI used on Luke. 

Mark Hamill was 32 when he filmed Star Wars: Return of the Jedi. Hamill is now 69, but Luke is 37 in The Mandalorian. Lucasfilm and Industrial Light and Magic (ILM) employed de-aging special effects to bring back a young Skywalker. Mark Hamill acts out the scene as normal, then with CGI and face rigging, they apply a younger face onto a body double. 

While ILM is typically the cutting edge of special effects, this looked rough. The head didn’t sync with the body well. Blinks were blurred and hazy. And most importantly, this did not look like young Mark Hamill. In comes a YouTube creator on a mission. 

Shamook took the footage, and in only a few days produced a much better product. The dedicated creator fixed all major issues and Luke Skywalker looked like Luke again! Lucasfilm took note and hired on Shamook. But what does this mean?

First, this indicates that future Star Wars projects will include more de-aged characters. Harrison Ford can be zooming around in the Millenium Falcon once again. Hiring Shamook could also telegraph the future of The Mandalorian. Some were concerned the story would shift to Mando heading off on new adventures, but this might mean Luke and Baby Yoda are here to stay. Lucasfilm could have seen the positive response to Shamook’s YouTube video and brought him on for season 3 scenes. We may see Grogu’s training on a distant planet with a proper Luke Skywalker as his Jedi Master. 

We’ll discuss Shamook’s new position at Lucasfilm on the next Geek Freaks News:

Sources: IndieWire, AV Club

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