The Mandalorian season 2 finale held a big surprise: Luke Skywalker is back, in a rejuvenated computer version of Mark Hamill. The quality of Disney’s work, however, did not fully convince. What we saw was not in fact Mark Hamill, Luke Skywalker actor , but a stunt double on which Hamill’s face was placed. Within a week, a deepfake version appeared online, showing a more refined, natural and clearer version of Hamill’s rejuvenated face. Now, we find out that the author of the deepfake has been hired by ILM / Lucasfilm .
The author is Shamook and you can see the video at the opening. The author recently released a new video through which he confirmed that he was hired by ILM / Lucasfilm. He also explains that due to the new occupation, he couldn’t handle the videos, but now he should be able to find a balance between work and YouTube. In another video, he also specifies that his role is “Senior Facial Capture Artist”.
Shamook has created multiple Star Wars- themed deepfakes , such as Sebastian Stan as young Luke Skywalker, Tarkin and Leia deepfakes in Rogue One, Harrison Ford in Solo: A Star Wars Story, and Ewan McGregor as Obin-Wan Kenobi in the original Star Wars.
We can’t say for sure that it was his deepfaking skills that made Shamook an ideal candidate for Disney and Lucasfilm, but it’s credible that the success of his videos somehow helped.