One of the most impressive parts of ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ was the use of CGI to showcase Grand Moff Tarkin, who was played by the late Peter Cushing in ‘Star Wars: A New Hope’. In ‘Rogue One’, actor Guy Henry stood in for Cushing with his image being altered in post-production. That’s not to mention that one quick shot of young Carrie Fisher/Princess Leia Organa. Now comes word that something similar will be done in ‘Blade Runner 2049’.
It was not revealed which character from the original ‘Blade Runner’ will be the subject of similar digital trickery, but it was stated that the effect will be employed for approximately ten shots if not more. We already know that Harrison Ford is returning as Rick Deckard but he will appear as he does today. (Then again, there could be some flashbacks.)
The two most likely candidates to receive a CGI face lift are Rutger Hauer, who played Roy Batty and Sean Young who played romantic lead Rachael, a Replicant who didn’t know she was a Replicant. Either would likely please fans of the original. Two additional possibilities are Pris, played by Daryl Hannah, who was Batty’s love interest and Edward James Olmos who played the mysterious Eduardo Gaff. So far, however, none of these actors have been mentioned as being attached to ‘Blade Runner 2049’.
This technology has been used in the past but hasn’t always worked very well, such as in the case of Patrick Stewart in ‘X-Men: The Last Stand’ and ‘X-Men Origins: Wolverine’. Things had improved by the time Jeff Bridges returned as Kevin Flynn/Clu in ‘TRON: Legacy’ in 2010. And it improved even more by the time Arnold Swarzenegger appeared in Terminator: Genisys’. More recently, Marvel has employed this technology to create believable 80s versions of Michael Douglas in ‘Ant-Man’ and Robert Downey Jr. in ‘Captain America: Civil War’.
Which character from the first movie would you like to see return in their full 80s glory?
Directed by Denis Villeneuve, ‘Blade Runner 2049′ stars Harrison Ford, Ryan Gosling, Robin Wright, Dave Bautista, Mackenzie Davis, Carla Juri, Jared Leto, Ana de Armas, and Sylvia Hoeks and will be released on October 6, 2017.