Would Solo: A Star Wars Story have performed better at the box office with Harrison Ford instead of Alden Ehrenreich? Most likely. But Ford’s age would make playing one of his most ironic role impossible.
Or would it?
A YouTuber known as Shamook has spliced Ford’s face onto Ehrenreich’s body, and the results are pretty amazing. This deepfake video was posted yesterday, and it gives us a glimpse of what could have been… if only Harrison Ford were 40+ years younger.
Oh, and as a bonus they threw in a de-aged Billy Dee Williams as Lando Calrissian at the end.
Could the future of Star Wars’ past be with Digital Actors?
There’s been a lot of discussion about whether or not Disney would recreate or replace aged actors for Disney Plus shows set during the Original Trilogy era. Specifically, would they “de-age” Mark Hamill for a Luke Skywalker series on Disney Plus?
It’s true that the Star Wars Original Trilogy is still the most bankable Star Wars by far, and of course a cash-strapped Disney would want to return to that era if possible. If an individual YouTuber can create such a convincing piece of footage, it stands to reason that Disney could do a more convincing job as they’ve been improving their de-aging tech for years.
In Star Wars, we’ve already seen digital recreations of Grand Moff Tarkin and Princess Leia in Rogue One and The Rise of Skywalker.
While effectively cameos, it stands to reason that the next logical step would be to use deceased or aged actors likenesses in lead roles to tell stories about beloved characters during the Original Trilogy era.
Of course, being able to replace actors so easily opens up a whole ‘nother can of worms in regards to ethics and employment opportunities.
But Mark Hammill, at least, seems to be on board.
Could we see a someday see a special edition of Solo with “Harrision Ford” and “Billy Dee Williams?”
It’s unlikely, but it would be very, very cool.
[Hat Tip: Digital Spy]
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