Although actor Peter Cushing has long since shuffled off this mortal coil (he died in 1994), that isn't stopping Hollywood from resurrecting the actor so he can appear in the next wave of Star Wars movies.
Cushing, or rather the character he played in Star Wars (episode IV), Grand Moff Tarkin, will be appearing in the Star Wars spin-off movie, Rogue One. The film will be set before the event in episode IV, the film follows a team of rebels who make an attempt to steal the plans to the original Death Star.
So the question is, with the return of Tarkin can Darth Vader be far behind? Remember, Vader was basically Tarkin's right-hand man, so it's a very logical leap to believe that Vader will be returning as well.
According to the British newspaper, The Guardian, the film will show Tarkin's role in creating Darth Vader— in other words we get to witness Tarkin's mentorship program.
According to SWRO director Gareth Edwards, “This is one of the most complex and costly CGI re-creations ever,” Edwards said. “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.”
Edwards went on to explain that one major issue with the CGI resurrection is that Cushing wore slippers on the set of the original Star Wars, because the leather riding boots were so uncomfortable. “The effects people are going through hours and hours of old footage from the Hammer horror movies Cushing made in order to recreate his CGI legs and feet i order to produce realistic movements,” Edwards said. “It is eerie to see someone who has been dead for so long come to life on a screen.”
The cast includes Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Forest Whitaker, Ben Mendelsohn, Riz Ahmed, Mads Mikkelsen and Alan Tudyk. Rogue One hits cinemas in December 2016.