"Rogue One" is the latest addition to the epic space battle in the "Star Wars" universe, and damn, did it impress. From all angles, the film looked to hit on all the cues that made the original 70s and 80s films incredible, yet still filled it with plenty of new and relevant stories to bring it to life in 2016. Capping off a wild year of many celebrity deaths, it brings an interesting question: should we bring back deceased actors to fill a role?
To preface, there are spoilers to the film Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
In the film, we find our new set of heroes sprawled across the universe in search of a secret set of plans to defeat the infamous Death Star. The real hit of the new film seems to be on the focus around how big a role deceased actor Peter Cushing would have as he was seen in early sets of trailers months ago. Turns out, his role was substantial as he was a big part of the original films as the man in charge of the Death Star to begin with. Bringing back Peter was no easy task as ABC interviews John Knoll, Visual Effects Supervisor at Industrial Light & Magic and talks through what that looked like and how they got permission to use his likeness in the movie.
Using a stand-in actor and CGI magic paired with past snippets of Peter's movies and even a cast of his face from a sci-fi movie he did at about the same time as the first "Star Wars," they brought him back to life. It's an incredible feat for filmmakers and an interesting question for moviegoers, as we wonder if it will be a normal thing to bring back dead actors to fill in iconic roles. It has been done before with simple permission from the families of the deceased, as in "Dirt Devil" with Fred Astaire and "Audrey Hepburn" in Dove Chocolate commercials. The team at ILM got permission and well as felt it right in all aspects of the moral question to use his likeness.
In another outstanding scene, they were able to bring back a young 19-year-old Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia. See the lead image of this article for a snap from the final moments of "Rogue One." They did this with similar techniques using a young actress that looked close enough to Carrie and then filling in the rest with features from her younger self.