Lucasfilm Hires Deepfake YouTuber Who Improved Luke Skywalker VFX In THE MANDALORIAN

Lucasfilm Hires Deepfake YouTuber Who Improved Luke Skywalker VFX In THE MANDALORIAN

YouTuber "Shamook," whose viral deepfake video improved the VFX de-aging of Mark Hamill's Luke Skywalker in the finale of The Mandalorian Season 2, has been hired by Lucasfilm's Industrial Light and Magic.

As Lucasfilm continues to dive deeper into the history of Star Wars, the need to involve iconic characters from the original trilogy will surely increase. We saw that in the Season 2 finale of The Mandalorian when a young, CGI version of Luke Skywalker popped up to save the day and take Grogu away to train him. While Luke's appearance was an incredible and much-welcomed surprise, the VFX used to de-age Mark Hamill left a lot to be desired.

If Lucasfilm plans to continue exploring the period of time between the original and most recent trilogy, then the stories will almost certainly involve bringing back more of these iconic characters. Obviously getting the original actors to return is impossible due to age or other factors, so Lucasfilm has two choices: recast these classic characters with real actors or continue to rely on CGI.

We saw Jon Favreau's preference with The Mandalorian, but there's clearly need for improvement, which is why Lucasfilm has announced the hiring of a popular deefake YouTuber who goes by the name "Shamook." The YouTuber, who created a deepfake that improved the VFX used to de-age Mark Hamill's Luke Skywalker in The Mandalorian, announced that he had joined Lucasfilm's Industrial Light and Magic. It was then confirmed by a Lucasfilm representative to 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'. 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 also announced his new employment as ILM/Lucasfilm in a comment this month.

“As some of you may already know, I joined ILM/Lucasfilm a few months ago and haven’t had the time to work on any new YouTube content. Now I’ve settled into my job, uploads should start increasing again. They’ll still be slow, but hopefully not months apart. Enjoy!”

De-aging VFX technology is gaining traction among moviemakers because it opens up a whole new possibility of storytelling. But because the technology is still relatively new, it's not always fully embraced by viewers. In the case of Luke Skywalker in The Mandalorian, his appearance tugged on the nostalgic heartstrings; but, the imperfect mannerisms were a bit jarring, distracting from the overall scene. 

You can check out Shamook's improved version of Luke's scene in The Mandalorian below. In the description, he defines deepfakes as "synthetic media in which a person in an existing image or video is replaced with someone else's likeness leveraging powerful techniques from machine learning and artificial intelligence."

DISCLAIMER: Comic Book Movie is protected under the DMCA (Digital Millenium Copyright Act) and... [MORE]
Related Headlines
STAR WARS Icon Mark Hamill Defends The Prequel Trilogy: [They] Had Their Own Identity

STAR WARS Icon Mark Hamill Defends The Prequel Trilogy: "[They] Had Their Own Identity"

Mark Hamill has been critical of the recent Star Wars sequels, but the legendary Luke Skywalker actor had some good things to say about the George Lucas' much-maligned prequel films in a new interview.
STAR WARS: Daniel Craig Reveals How His Stormtrooper Cameo In THE FORCE AWAKENS Became A Reality

STAR WARS: Daniel Craig Reveals How His Stormtrooper Cameo In THE FORCE AWAKENS Became A Reality

Daniel Craig had a memorable role as a Stormtrooper in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and the No Time to Die star has now revealed how that came to be and his surprise at getting such a big cameo role...
STAR WARS: Andy Serkis Admits To Being Devastated By Supreme Leader Snoke Demise In THE LAST JEDI

STAR WARS: Andy Serkis Admits To Being "Devastated" By Supreme Leader Snoke Demise In THE LAST JEDI

Venom: Let There Be Carnage director Andy Serkis has admitted to being left "devastated" when he learned of Supreme Leader Snoke's fate in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, but says it may have been for the best.
STAR WARS Editor & George Lucas' Ex-Wife Criticizes Sequels And Kathleen Kennedy's Handling Of The Franchise

STAR WARS Editor & George Lucas' Ex-Wife Criticizes Sequels And Kathleen Kennedy's Handling Of The Franchise

Marcia Lucas, George Lucas' ex-wife and the Oscar-winning editor of Star Wars, has shared her thoughts on the sequels, blasting Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy and filmmaker J.J. Abrams. Check it out!
SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY's Thandiwe Newton Calls Out Lucasfilm Over Val's Death: Are You F***ing Joking?

SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY's Thandiwe Newton Calls Out Lucasfilm Over Val's Death: "Are You F***ing Joking?"

Solo: A Star Wars Story star Thandiwe Newton has taken Lucasfilm to task for the way Val was treated in the movie, revealing that it wasn't always the plan for the character to be killed off that way...
Latest Headlines
VENOM: LET THERE BE CARNAGE - Second Vignette Shines A Loud Spotlight On Naomie Harris' Shriek

VENOM: LET THERE BE CARNAGE - Second Vignette Shines A Loud Spotlight On Naomie Harris' Shriek

As Venom Day draws to a close, Sony Pictures has shared a second behind-the-scenes vignette, this time spotlighting the second villain of Venom: Let There Be Carnage, Naomie Harris' deadly Shriek!
THE LAST DUEL International Poster Sees Jodie Comer On The Cusp Of Making History

THE LAST DUEL International Poster Sees Jodie Comer On The Cusp Of Making History

With only a few weeks to go, Disney has shared an awesome new international poster for Ridley Scott's The Last Duel, offering fresh shots of Matt Damon, Jodie Comer, Adam Driver, and Ben Affleck!
Marvel Studios Taps Liza Singer To Direct Mystery Series

Marvel Studios Taps Liza Singer To Direct Mystery Series

Marvel Studios has tapped Liza Singer, a director and storyboard artist who's worked on shows like 'Harley Quinn' and 'Disenchantment,' to helm a mystery television series set in the MCU.
ANDOR Wraps Filming On 12-Episode Season; Diego Luna Teases, You’ll Definitely See Familiar Faces

ANDOR Wraps Filming On 12-Episode Season; Diego Luna Teases, "You’ll Definitely See Familiar Faces"

It looks like Disney+'s upcoming Rogue One: A Star Wars Story spinoff series Andor has officially wrapped filming and now, star Diego Luna is teasing cameos from a number of familiar faces.
THE BOYS Spinoff Series Moving Forward At Amazon With AGENT CARTER Showrunners Attached

THE BOYS Spinoff Series Moving Forward At Amazon With AGENT CARTER Showrunners Attached

Amazon Prime Video has officially given the greenlight to their The Boys spinoff series, which will be set at America’s only college exclusively for young adult superheroes (run by Vought International).
VENOM: LET THERE BE CARNAGE Vignette Breaks Down The Unique New Dynamic Between Eddie Brock And Venom

VENOM: LET THERE BE CARNAGE Vignette Breaks Down The Unique New Dynamic Between Eddie Brock And Venom

Sony Pictures has shared a new vignette for Venom: Let There Be Carnage, and it sees director Andy Serkis shed a little more light on what fans can expect from the dynamic between Eddie Brock and Venom.
GHOSTBUSTERS: AFTERLIFE Stills Spotlight One Of The Franchise's New Spooks, Muncher

GHOSTBUSTERS: AFTERLIFE Stills Spotlight One Of The Franchise's New Spooks, Muncher

Following the recent trailer and posters, Empire Magazine has debuted two new stills from Ghostbusters: Afterlife, one of which gives us another look at a new Slimer-like ghost known as Muncher.
WHAT IF...? Head Writer A.C. Bradley Confirms Episodes Were Longer Prior To COVID; Explains Cliffhangers

WHAT IF...? Head Writer A.C. Bradley Confirms Episodes Were Longer Prior To COVID; Explains Cliffhangers

What If...? Head Writer A.C. Bradley has opened up on how the pandemic led to the length of episodes being shortened, while also shedding some light on what the deal with all those cliffhanger endings is.