With Rogue One: A Star Wars Story taking place just before A New Hope, fans have long speculated that the new Anthology film would feature one of the original Star Wars‘ most infamous villains … and we’re not talking about Darth Vader.
In a new teaser for Rogue One put out to promote the advance ticket sales that began at midnight on Monday, we catch a glimpse from behind of an Imperial commander watching from afar as the Death Star is assembled. Although we don’t see him from the front, there is little doubt that this is Grand Moff Tarkin, who was played by Peter Cushing in the original 1977 film.
Although Cushing passed away in 1994, this wouldn’t be the first time we’ve seen his character brought back. Tarkin has been featured in various comics, cartoons, and novels over the years, and even had a cameo appearance in the final moments of Revenge of the Sith, as he can be spotted walking the bridge of a Star Destroyer, overseeing the early construction of the Death Star (Tarkin’s favorite pastime, apparently).
It remains unclear how Tarkin’s brief appearance in Rogue One will be handled. There have been rumors that Cushing was recreated digitally, similarly to how Michael Douglas was made much younger in Marvel’s Ant-Man or Robert Downey Jr. in Captain America: Civil War. However, in both of these cases, the actor involved was involved in the process, whereas this would not be possible in Cushing’s case, which would seem to complicate matters.
However, there is a chance that Industrial Light and Magic has a miraculous trick up their sleeve. In an interview with EW, John Knoll, executive producer and visual effects supervisor for Rogue One, hinted at the film featuring a revolutionary bit of technical wizardry. “I have to tread lightly ther because some of the fun bits of innovation are stuff that I’ve been asked not to talk about yet. You know, we want to hold that back.”
Could this “fun bit of innovation” be a full-on digital recreation of Peter Cushing’s Grand Moff Tarkin? We’ll have to wait for the film’s Dec. 16 release to find out.
(Source: Entertainment Weekly)