A fan uses deep-fake technology to replicate some of the scenes in the most realistic, visually believable and edge-cutting way as the second season of The Mandalorian wraps up.
In inserting a shocking appearance, YouTuber Shamook from the United Kingdom convincingly and digitally recreates the scene, making the younger Luke appear much stronger. Well-refurbished skin tones, eye details, and mouth gestures are also more detailed than ever. A deep-fake, so to talk, a deep-fake.
“Using the latest and best in Deep Fake technology, we are creating new alternate realities where you can see your favourite actors in roles they never actually starred in,” the YouTuber describes.
Luke Skywalker turns up with a lightsaber, speaks, and embraces Baby Yoda/Grogu in the finale, as illustrated in The Mandalorian. The app frees the film from graphical constraints and helps viewers to see the scenes more plainly.
Watch the video in full here:
What about Deepfakes?
Since it offers a life-changing technology like that of The Mandalorian video above, deepfakes might produce a disturbing hazard. What if the future of the gestures of human actors could quickly be substituted by such a much cheaper technique?
“Deepfakes are 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,” the video description writes.
In addition, other harmful issues can also be generated which help to propagate hoaxes and disinformation. One of the prime examples were when, back in 2017, Buzzfeed partnered with actor Jordan Peele to replicate a Barack Obama deepfakes, swearing and calling names of Donald Trump to warn the software threat.
A Telegram bot used Deepfakes technology earlier this year to digitally undress a woman in just one swipe. Prior to its full withdrawal from the platform, at least 680,000 women, mainly juveniles, were allegedly the focus of the operation.
Although differentiating between a real video and deepfakes, just like what the YouTuber did for The Mandalorian, is generally simple. As technology improves, it will become more challenging to detect.
Another Star Wars Universe News
In other news, in the upcoming Obi-Wan Kenobi show on Disney+, Hayden Christensen, a Canadian actor known for his role as the villainous Darth Vader, is expected to reprise his role.
Earlier this month, Lucasfilm announced that Christensen will join Ewan McGregor in the movie, which will begin filming in March 2021, as Obi-Wan Kenobi.
“Of course, Anakin and Obi-Wan weren’t on the greatest of terms when we last saw them,” says the actor in a press release. It will be interesting to see what an amazing director like Deborah Chow has in store for us all. I’m excited to work with Ewan again. It feels good to be back.”
That said, if things go smoothly, at least by late 2021 or early 2022, the latest Obi-Wan Kenobi show will air.
The Mandalorian has two seasons and is exclusively available on Disney+.