A fascinating new rumor from British paper The Daily Mail indicates that the late acting great Peter Cushing will be digitally resurrected for the upcoming “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”.
Cushing, who died of prostate cancer in 1994, played Grand Moff Tarkin in the original “Star Wars,” the chief villain of the piece who was in control of the Death Star. ‘Rogue One’ deals with a group of resistance fighters who unite to steal the plans for said Death Star.
As Tarkin is a key character in the creation of the Death Star, his involvement sounds reasonable. A source tells the paper that this is “one of the most complex and costly CGI re-creations ever.”
One complication – Cushing was shot from the knees up throughout the film as he wore slippers rather than the ill-fitting leather riding boots the other Galactic Imperial officer actors had to wear. As a result, they’ve had to go through a bunch of his old films to re-create his gait: “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.”
Speaking of the film, MakingStarWars has posted new set photos from the project which show off a classic X-Wing and potentially a recreation of the temple of Yavin IV seen in the original “Star Wars”.
Production is now underway in the U.K. on ‘Rogue One’ ahead of a late 2016 release.