Solo star Alden Ehrenreich becomes Indiana Jones in terrifying new AI art. Ehrenreich stepped into some very big shoes when he played Harrison Ford’s iconic Star Wars character in Disney’s Solo: A Star Wars Story. Box office results for the standalone film were underwhelming however, as it grossed just $393 million worldwide.
Debate naturally raged even before the release of Solo about the wisdom of recasting Star Wars original trilogy characters with new actors. After Solo’s box office flop, the debate became even more heated, and Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy herself was ultimately prompted to declare that such recasting of iconic characters will never happen again. Now instead of hiring new actors to play classic Star Wars characters, Disney has committed to digitally recreating the characters as they originally existed, as they did with Mark Hamill’s Luke Skywalker in The Mandalorian – a move that naturally opened up a whole other can of worms entirely.
With Disney and Lucasfilm seemingly swearing off recasting forever, it’s unlikely that anyone but Ford will ever play his other iconic movie character Indiana Jones. That means no Ehrenreich as Jones – which is probably a good thing as indicated by the results of an AI’s effort to turn the Solo star into the Raiders of the Lost Ark hero. See the mosaic of Ehrenreich as Indiana Jones in the space below (via Craiyon):
The above AI result mashing up Ehrenreich and images of Indiana Jones is simply the stuff of nightmares. Of course Ford himself is set to return as Jones in the upcoming Indiana Jones 5, with deaging used in some scenes to recreate the younger Indy. Presumably this will be Ford’s last actual go-around as Jones, but who knows what the future actually holds for the actor’s likeness and his iconic character. It’s certainly easy enough to imagine digital effects being used to recreate Ford’s Jones in movies long after Ford himself is dead.
There are of course big ethical questions involved with the idea of using computers to resurrect performers who are no longer around so they may continue playing their iconic characters from beyond the grave. But Disney and Lucasfilm don’t seem to have any qualms about such things, as they proved by bringing back Peter Cushing’s Tarkin for Rogue One. Backlash obviously ensued over Rogue One’s Tarkin, but backlash also ensued when Solo was recast with a new actor. Since backlash is going to ensue no matter what, studios have to use their own judgment when it comes to settling the recasting vs. recreating debate. But recasting seems to have been dealt a fatal blow in recent years, meaning the above nightmare AI mosaic of Ehrenreich as Indiana Jones will most likely never cross over into the realm of reality.
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