Luke’s cameo in The Mandalorian was a massive shock to fans (Picture: Lucasfilm/Disney Plus)
A YouTuber whose deepfake of the de-aged Luke Skywalker from The Mandalorian season 2 finale went viral has been hired by Lucasfilm for his impressive visual arts skills.
In December last year, the final episode of The Mandalorian’s second season delivered one of the most shocking moments ever depicted in Star Wars, when Luke (Mark Hamill) boarded the spaceship carrying Din Djarin (Pedro Pascal) and Grogu, otherwise known as Baby Yoda and The Child.
Star Wars fans’ minds were blown when the cloaked Jedi destroyed all of the Dark Troopers before revealing his identity.
While many were extremely impressed with the CGI effects used to make Mark look younger, as The Mandalorian is set after the events of the original Star Wars film, some expressed their view that it could have been slightly more refined.
Shamook, a YouTuber with over 77K subscribers who specialises in deepfake technology, created his own version of the younger Luke, placing the Mandalorian’s version and his deepfake version side by side in a video that’s accumulated over 2.2million views on the video sharing platform.
Deepfakes are a form of technology where videos or images that already exist are manipulated using artificial intelligence to place someone else’s likeness on top.
Since going viral with his video, it’s since emerged that Shamook has been hired by a division of Lucasfilm, which owns Star Wars.
In a statement released by a Lucasfilm representative, they said that the division, Industrial Light and Magic, is always keeping a close eye on ‘talented artists’.
‘[Industrial Light and Magic is] always on the lookout for talented artists and have in fact hired the artist that goes by the online persona “Shamook”,’ they said, as reported by IndieWire.
‘Over the past several years ILM has been investing in both machine learning and A.I. as a means to produce compelling visual effects work and it’s been terrific to see momentum building in this space as the technology advances.’
Before Luke made his cameo in The Mandalorian, there were some who suspected that The Falcon and The Winter Soldier star Sebastian Stan may take on the role, due to his likeness to Mark.
In August 2018, Mark shared a tweet wishing Sebastian a happy birthday, joking that he’s ‘beginning to believe he might actually BE my son’.
The Mandalorian is available to watch on Disney Plus.
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