Peter Cushing is Reportedly Being Digitally Recreated For STAR WARS: ROGUE ONE
According to a recent report from The Daily Mail, director Gareth Edwards and Lucasfilm might be bringing back a surprising villain character into Rogue One: A Star Wars Story who was introduced to us in A New Hope.
According to the rumor, the filmmakers are going to include Grand Moff Tarkin in the story, which revolves around the heist of the Death Star plans for the Rebel Alliance. Tarkin played a pivotal part in the construction of the Death Star. He was also its Commander and Darth Vader's boss. So it makes complete sense that he would be included here.
The character was originally played by Peter Cushing, who has since passed away. According to the report, though, the actor will be brought back to life through the magic of CGI.
According to a source, "This is one of the most complex and costly CGI re-creations ever. 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."
The report goes on to explain what they are doing to prepare for this digital resurrection, saying:
"They are going through hours and hours of old footage from the horror movies to recreate his legs and feet to produce realistic movements. It is eerie to see someone who has been dead for so long come to life on a screen."
There's obviously no official confirmation of this, but it would be interesting and cool to see if it's true. If they do try and bring Crushing back to life via CGI, I hope it's done properly. I don't want to be distracted by a lackluster CGI version of him.
I'm curious to see if this is something that they can actually effectively pull off. If Grand Moff Tarkin is brought into the story, would you rather see a CGI version of Cushing, or someone being recast in the role? If they were to recast him, I'd suggest Charles Dance, who plays Tywin Lannister on Game of Thrones.