Peter Cushing’s Grand Moff Tarkin was one scary governor, and not just because his cheekbones were so sharp they could cut a baby in half. He straight-up destroyed Alderaan. Even more frightening: He was the one person besides the Emperor who could compel Darth Vader to do anything. (“Enough of this. Vader, release him!” “As you wish.”) And according to rumor, we may be seeing more of him in Star Wars: Rogue One.
"Wait," you may be thinking. "Didn’t he die in 1994?" But according to the Daily Mail, a little thing like death isn’t going to stop Peter Cushing from an appearance.
The Daily Mail writes, “Cushing, star of many Hammer House of Horror movies, will be digitally recreated in the new Star Wars spin-off Rogue One, which is being filmed at Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire and is due to be released late next year.”
Cushing will be re-created through CGI, blended with his many film appearances as a horror star in “one of the most complex and costly CGI-recreations ever.”
The Daily Mail’s source states, “Cushing is a pivotal plot line as he was the one to create Darth Vader and there’s a whole back story that will come out.”
Cushing wouldn’t be the first dead man to appear on film. Although other characters have been CGI-enhanced after the actors died (Oliver Reed in Gladiator, Nancy Marchand in The Sopranos), only one late actor has been cast in a role: Laurence Olivier in Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow.
Even though the Star Wars expanded universe was swept away by Disney, Wilhuff Tarkin remains an important character in the Star Wars universe. He’s the main character in the James Luceno novel Tarkin and has appeared in Star Wars: Rebels.
Actor Wayne Pygram reprised the (non-speaking) role of Tarkin in Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith. His prosthetics couldn’t come close to Cushing’s fabulous cheekbones.