Peter Cushing was a stellar actor, well known for his role as the antagonist Grand Moff Tarkin in 1977's Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. He passed away in 1994, but apparently he will appear in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story according to Daily Mail.
He was 81 years old when he passed away, but he'll be "brought back to life" so to speak in the Star Wars spinoff thanks to amazing new computer-generated technology. Here's what a source had to say to the Daily Mail about it.
"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."
There was one huge issues with recreating Cushing and it had to do with him from the waist down. The boots that they gave him or the role as the hubristic head of the Death Star were too tight. Therefore, he wore slippers instead during filming and director George Lucas shot him from the waist up.
The digital artists working on bringing him back to life have no real visual reference for his lower design. Here's what that same source had to say:
"They are going through hours and hours of old footage from the horror movies to recreate his legs and feet to produce realistic movements. It is eerie to see someone who has been dead for so long come to life on a screen."
Star Wars Anthology: Rogue One will hit theaters on December 16, 2016.