Industrial Light and Magic has released a behind the scenes look at the incredible work done to resurrect Peter Cushing as Grand Moff Tarkin in the first ever Star Wars spin-off, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
The visual effects in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story have been nominated for an Academy Award. ILM Chief creative officer and producer of Rogue One led the animation team on the film. Knoll has also received Oscar nominations for his efforts on previous Star Wars films including Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace and Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones. In 2007, he took home the oscar for best visual effects on Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest.
This behind the scenes look reveals actor Guy Henry providing the performance capture necessary to later create Tarkin’s face with an actual performance behind it in Rogue One. It’s the best look we’ve gotten yet at the painstaking animation process which took ILM nearly two years to accomplish. You can check out the video below.
The film stars Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Mads Mikkelson, Donnie Yen, Alan Tudyk, Jiang Wen and Forest Whitaker. Here’s the official synopsis:
From Lucasfilm comes the first of the Star Wars standalone films, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” an all-new epic adventure. In a time of conflict, a group of unlikely heroes band together on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire’s ultimate weapon of destruction. This key event in the Star Wars timeline brings together ordinary people who choose to do extraordinary things, and in doing so, become part of something greater than themselves. In theaters December 2016.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is rumored to be releasing on both Digital HD and Blu-ray in late March.