Digital Replicas Are Resurrecting Actors

Nikki Diefenbach

Casting deceased actors is big money with improved technology. Erin Winick**,** Associate Editor at MIT Technology Review, says using 3-D digital replicas will one day be routine, de-aging people and even resurrecting them from the dead. Peter Cushing was brought back to life and Carrie Fisher’s youth was restored in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Amy Winehouse’s hologram is preparing to tour, fundraising for a charity created in her memory and Tupac's hologram stole the show at this year's Coachella. From a profit standpoint, why should death get in the way of making another blockbuster movie? With flawless tech, actors can act forever.

Ingvild Deila, who was scanned by Industrial Light and Magic for her role as Princess Leia in Rogue One says,

> It’s sort of a safe bet for the people with the money. It’s a familiar face. We like to repeat what's worked in the past, so it’s part financial, part nostalgia.

The Star Wars franchise is now scanning all of their leads just in case they need them. Celebrities can use 3-D replicas to continue to earn money for their families by acting even after death and looking good forever in the process. For around a million dollars, an actor is completely scanned over a two-day period, generating five to ten terabytes of data. A sphere of hundreds of custom LED lights is used to take multiple images in seconds. The lighting of the subject from every angle is recorded. The lights can be adjusted to replicate different environments they may encounter on screen. Even the movement of wrinkles as expressions change are captured, as well as body movements. The extent of detail is directly proportional to realism and CGI is making movies better and bringing our favorite actors back from the dead.

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Reality Changing Observations:

Q1. How did you feel when you saw a young Princess Leia in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story?

Q2. Would you create your own digital replica for your loved ones to memorialize you after you die?

Q3. Who would you like to see digitally resurrected?

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Peter Christiansen
Peter Christiansen


As an incorrigible old film buff, this is a truly wonderful development