Last year, The Mandalorian Season 2 finale episode (“Chapter 16: The Rescue”) gave Star Wars fans the shock of the decade when Jedi Knight Luke Skywalker waltzed back into the Star Wars story, wielding a lightsaber and making short work of Moff Gideon’s (Giancarlo Esposito) Dark Trooper squad before saving bounty hunter Din Djarin (Pedro Pascal), Grogu (AKA “Baby Yoda”), Fennec Shand (Ming-Na Wen), Cara Dune (Gina Carano), Koska Reeves (Sasha Banks), and Bo-Katan Kryze (Katee Sackhoff) from certain doom.
Perhaps the most surprising part of the original trilogy cameo appearance, though, was the fact that Skywalker was played by Mark Hamill — the man who has been bringing the character to life since George Lucas’s original Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977).
CGI, of course, was used to recreate Hamill’s look during the Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983) era — The Mandalorian is set about five years after the final original trilogy film — as the actor is now in his 60s in reality.
A similar tactic was used for Princess Leia’s brief cameo appearance in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) — artists recreated Carrie Fisher’s look from when she first played the Rebel Princess in A New Hope.
Now, it seems that Lucasfilm is looking to bring more popular characters back to life using the original actors. The studio recently hired YouTube sensation Shamook, best known for a viral deepfake video that “cast” Marvel Cinematic Universe star Sebastian Stan as Luke Skywalker.
The artist confirmed their hiring in a comment on their YouTube channel, writing:
As some of you may already know, I joined ILM/Lucasfilms a few months ago and haven’t had the time to work on any new YouTube content. Now I’ve settled into my job, uploads should start increasing again. They’ll still be slow, but hopefully not months apart. Enjoy!”
You can watch the impressive Star Wars deepfake video below:
This is something fans have long called for, as Stan bears an uncanny resemblance to young Hamill. Both men, in fact, have commented on the rumors that the Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier actor could potentially play the Jedi Master in the Star Wars universe moving forward.
While it is not yet known what work Shamook will be doing for Lucasfilm and the Star Wars franchise, it seems highly likely that the YouTube sensation will be tasked with bringing original trilogy actors back into showrunner Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni’s The Mandalorian Season 3, or its spinoff series, The Book of Boba Fett and Ahsoka.
Harrison Ford’s rakish Millennium Falcon pilot, Han Solo, is the obvious choice for the next big Star Wars cameo, particularly since we know we’re returning to Tatooine — and possibly the infamous Mos Eisley cantina — in both Temuera Morrison’s The Book of Boba Fett and Obi-Wan Kenobi. However, Solo’s reappearance in Star Wars has not been confirmed.
A third spinoff, Rangers of the New Republic, has been put on indefinite hold following actress Gina Carano’s firing.
What do you think? Will Shamook be bringing original trilogy characters back to life in a galaxy far, far away?