Mark kept his Luke cameo under wraps (Picture: J Wilson/Lucasfilm/Disney)
When Luke Skywalker emerged through the smoke in The Mandalorian season 2 finale, it marked one of the most spectacular moments ever in Star Wars, as Mark Hamill reprised his iconic role for the incredible cameo.
However, while fans were delighted to learn that Mark was in fact on set to film the role, with a de-aged Luke depicted in the final version of the scene, it may come as a surprise that he didn’t actually voice the character.
In a new episode of Disney Gallery on The Mandalorian released on Disney Plus, the creators of the space Western delve into the making of the season two finale, which ended with Luke taking Grogu to train in the ways of the Force, with Baby Yoda bidding farewell to his surrogate father Din Djarin (Pedro Pascal).
During the special, The Mandalorian creator Jon Favreau spoke about the depiction of post-Return of the Jedi Luke in the show, stating: ‘Something people didn’t realise is that his voice isn’t real.’
‘His voice, the young Luke Skywalker voice, is completely synthesised using an application called Respeecher,’ he added.
Some fans may draw the conclusion that this decision was unnecessary, considering Mark’s prowess as a voice actor, most notably as Joker in DC Comics’ animated series.
Another actor, Max Lloyd-Jones, also stood in as Luke (Picture: Lucasfilm/Disney Plus)
Supervising sound editor Matthew Wood outlined how the technology worked to create the younger Luke’s voice, explaining: ‘It’s a neural network you feed information into and it learns.’
‘So I had archival material from Mark in that era,’ he said. ‘We had clean recorded ADR from the original films, a book on tape he’d done from those eras, and then also Star Wars radio plays he had done back in that time.
‘I was able to get clean recordings, feed it into the system, and they were able to slice it up and feed their neural network to learn this data.’
Following the release of the special on Disney Plus, Mark expressed his gratitude on social media for being approached to take part.
‘Thanks again, @MrPeytonReed, for an experience I’ll treasure forever,’ he tweeted, tagging Ant-Man director Peyton Reed, who directed the episode.
While Star Wars fans across the globe when Luke made his entrance on The Mandalorian, some expressed their view that the de-aging of Mark could have been of a higher standard.
A YouTuber who created a deepfake version of Luke in the scene – which many people said was better than the CGI effects used on the Jedi in the Disney Plus show – ended up being hired by Lucasfilm.
The Mandalorian is available to watch on Disney Plus.
Credit: Original article published here.