It’s been over a year since the finale of The Mandalorian season two, so at this point, we feel as though spoilers are rife and free for discussion.
Throughout the course of the modern Star Wars universe, we’ve unfortunately witnessed the deaths of some of the franchises biggest acting names, from Princess Leia’s Carrie Fisher to Wilhuff Tarkin’s Peter Cushing. With their departures, however, came frequent efforts to recreate their faces using CGI in order to continue the story of the Rebel Alliance’s fight against the Empire.
At the end of The Mandalorian, despite having (thankfully) not passed away, Mark Hamill’s Luke Skywalker appears podgy, soft and visibly de-aged to save the day. It’s a triumphant moment that is undoubtedly made worse by the poor effects used to recreate Hamill’s face, strange too considering the impressive effects used throughout the rest of the series.
So oddly peculiar were the effects that several YouTube editors took up the challenge to create a better version than the one that was used in the multi-million dollar TV series, with ‘Shamook’ creating a digital version of the character that was far superior to the original. In fact, ‘Shamook’ cleaned up the effects so well that he was recently hired by Lucasfilm to help with future digital projects.
Speaking to IndieWire, Lucasfilm confirmed the hiring, with a representative from the company commenting, “[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’”.
In response to his new job, ‘Shamook’ revealed the new post to his fans in the comments of his famous video, noting, “As some of you may already know, I joined ILM/Lucasfilm 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”.