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Why Lucasfilm just hired a YouTube deep fake artist

Does this mean Luke Skywalker will return?

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Mark Hamill on the set of “The Mandalorian.”

Mark Hamill on the set of “The Mandalorian,” Season 2.

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We may see older “Star Wars” characters return to the franchise if Lucasfilm’s latest hire is any indication of where the franchise is headed next.

Did Lucasfilm hire Shamook?

Lucasfilm has recently hired the YouTube deepfake artist Shamook, who went viral for sharing a video that fixed the Luke Skywalker cameo in “The Mandalorian” Season 2 finale to make it look more realistic.

  • “(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,’” a Lucasfilm representative told IndieWire, according to CNET. “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 confirmed the hire in his comments section on YouTube, saying his new title will be “Senior Facial Capture Artist,” according to The Verge.

When did Luke Skywalker return?

Skywalker made an epic return to the Star Wars franchise during “The Mandalorian” Season 2 finale, saving our heroes, the Mandalorian and Grogu (Baby Yoda), from the Empire. “Star Wars” legend Mark Hamill, who reprised his role as Skywalker, said it was hard to keep the cameo a secret before the “The Mandalorian” Season 2 finale.

  • “The fact that we were able to keep my involvement a secret for over a year with no leaks is nothing less than a miracle. A real triumph for spoiler-haters everywhere!”

Lucasfilm used CGI technology to make Hamill appear younger than he did. However, Shamook remade the scene using his own deep fake technology to make the scene even better.

Shamook’s video had more than 2.1 million views.