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Is Peter Cushing’s Grand Moff Tarkin returning in CGI form for A Star Wars Story: Rogue One?

August 23rd, 2015 by Marc Comments


For the timeline, it makes sense that the great Peter Cushing’s Grand Moff Tarkin would be back for the first Star Wars spin-off movie, Rogue one. Sadly, the actor died in 1994. But, it seems, death is no longer an obstacle.

It seems that Cushing is being digitally recreated for the new movie, according to The Daily Mail, which is filming at Pinewood Studios right now.

Tarkin, in the original Star Wars movie, way back in 1977, was Darth Vader’s Boss and answered only to the Emperor himself… before dying when the Rebels destroyed the Death Star.

Now the new movie tells the story of how the Rebels got the plans for the aforementioned Death Star, so it makes sense that Tarkin is in there.

The Mail says they have a source why told them: ‘This is one of the most complex and costly CGI re-creations ever. 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.’

Is this a new level to the Vader story too? We know that Tarkin knew Anakin Skywalker during the Clone Wars and he certainly seemed to be able to tell Vader what to do in A New Hope, so we’re wondering if maybe he did play a part in the fall of the Jedi that hasn’t been explored so far.

Take this with a pinch of salt for now, guys… but it would make sense to see him back. And after the young Michael Douglas in Ant-man we reckon this could be done and well.

Hey, Stephen Stanton, are you busy? Tarkin needs to speak…

Rogue One goes into new  territory, exploring the galactic struggle from a ground-war perspective while maintaining that essential Star Wars feel that fans have come to know. Gareth is such an innovative director and I’m so excited to be working with him and the extraordinary ensemble cast he’s selected for ‘Rogue One.’

Rogue One is set for release on December 16, 2016.

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Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….