Take this with a heaping pile of salt, as it’s my understanding that the Daily Mail isn’t the most reliable of sources, but the British tabloid is reporting that legendary, late actor Peter Cushing will return to his role of Grand Moff Tarkin from Star Wars: A New Hope and appear in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story thanks to the latest advancements in computer generated imagery.
A source told The Mail on Sunday: ‘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.’
Ignoring the fact that Tarkin didn’t create Darth Vader and we’ve actually seen the villain’s creation in Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, the tabloid mentions that they are having an unusual problem with their CGI recreation of the actor.
When director George Lucas filmed the original Star Wars, he gave Cushing and other Galactic Imperial officers ill-fitting leather riding boots. Cushing complained so bitterly that Lucas let him wear slippers, forcing cameramen to shoot from the knees up or have him stand behind the Death Star conference table.
‘They are going through hours and hours of old footage from the horror movies to recreate his legs and feet to produce realistic movements,’ said the source. ‘It is eerie to see someone who has been dead for so long come to life on a screen.’