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(WARNING: The following contains minor visual SPOILERS for the final moments of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. But, then again, you've already seen it, right? Otherwise why would you be reading this article? Either way, proceed with caution and all that.)

Now, just how fondly remembered the recently released will ultimately prove to be may be something only time (and the changing whims of pop cultural consensus) can decide, but that doesn't mean that it hasn't already firmly infused itself into the current cultural zeitgeist. While that is largely down to it being a) really rather terrific and b) a distinctly different sort of movie to the ones we'd seen before, however, it's also worth remembering that a whole lot of fans emerged from screenings of the film wondering just what the hell was going on with all of that CGI?

And so, thankfully:

Our First Proper Glimpse Of 'Rogue One's Uncanny Pre-CGI Leia Is Finally Here

'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story' [Credit: Disney / Lucasfilm]
'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story' [Credit: Disney / Lucasfilm]

And, as it turns out, it's absolutely fascinating. Y'see, with Rogue One's digital release having now arrived, a whole host of the film's behind-the-scenes features have made their way online right alongside it — one of which was, inevitably, a closer look at just how actress Ingvild Deila brought Princess (and a young ) back to the big screen.

And, while the finished product was achieved with a whole lot of digital effects, it's worth noting that a surprisingly large amount of what we saw on screen really was Deila:

'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story' [Credit: Disney / Lucasfilm]
'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story' [Credit: Disney / Lucasfilm]

What's more, it seems that the filmmakers' attention to detail wasn't limited to post-production, with Deila's costume, hair and makeup all having a distinctly authentic feel to them:

'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story' [Credit: Disney / Lucasfilm]
'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story' [Credit: Disney / Lucasfilm]

Of course, whether that all added up to a pitch-perfect nod to the Original Trilogy (and the great Carrie Fisher), or an uncanny CGI nightmare, is entirely up to you.

'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story' [Credit: Disney / Lucasfilm]
'Rogue One: A Star Wars Story' [Credit: Disney / Lucasfilm]

Whether Rogue One — CGI Leia and all — will ultimately be remembered as fondly as it was initially received, however? That may just have to rely on something distinctly old-school and out of fashion: Hope.

What do you think, though? Are you cool with Rogue One's CGI Leia? Let us know below!

(Sources: Inverse.com)

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