The season 2 finale of The Mandalorian caused a huge sensation. It suggested major changes for the show by separating Mando and Grogu, and announced a forthcoming spin-off with Boba Fett. But what got everyone talking was the heroic last-minute appearance of Luke Skywalker played by non other than Mark Hamill himself. For the most part, anyway, thanks to special effects.
But despite the overwhelming success of the episode, some people didn’t think the CGI used to de-age Hamill from his 70s to his late 20s was…good. And only four days after the episode aired, a deepfake artist known has Shamook shared his own version of young Luke on YouTube. Most people agree, his looks better. It’s cleaner, crisper and more human. The results were so impressive that Lucasfilm went ahead and hired the guy.
That video earned over 2 million views, and clearly someone at Lucasfilm saw it.
Shamook recently announced his new role as Senior Facial Capture Artist in the comment section of a recent video. “As some of you may already know, I joined ILM/Lucasfilms a few months ago…” – and Lucasfilm recently confirmed it with a statement (via IndieWire).
“[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,’” the statement reads. “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.”
Shamook has also created impressive de-aging deepfakes for other big ticket stars, like Robert Deniro from The Irishman. Now he’ll get to improve our favorite movies and shows before their actually released!