Spoilers for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story are included.
Undeniably the most controversial aspect of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is the re-creation of Peter Cushing aka Grand Moff Tarkin and Carrie Fisher aka Princess Leia through the use of CGI and performance capture. Fans have argued endlessly about the ethics and use of this tool and understandably so given that a young Princess Leia is the final character we see in the film.
These classic characters are so important in the story of George Lucas' original film that it made complete sense for them to pop up in 2016's prequel film that finishes moments before the original film begins.
Some of us believed the CGI work to be some of the most impressive we've seen when it comes to human motion capture, but other's were rather turned off by the scenes. Wherever you stand on the matter, this video on ABC Nightline detailing the process is certainly worth a look.
When it comes to recreating a person digitally, Rogue One is certainly the best we've ever seen. Other examples include Jeff Bridges in Tron Legacy and Robert Downey Jr. in Captain America: Civil War. As a visual effects artist states in the video, our eyes are more attuned to recognising human faces and therefore when a digital one appears, we're more likely to notice the falsity of it as oppose to a CGI building or background.
The performance of Guy Henry is really what makes Tarkin a stand out character in the film, he captures the rare way Cushing would enunciate particular words and really nailed the tone and presence of Cushing's original 1977 performance.
Star Wars has always been a pioneer when it comes to visual effects, of course without the original trilogy and even the prequels, visual effects would not be what they are today.
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