In a surprising turn of events, the YouTuber who created a deepfake (of a higher quality) of Luke Skywalker on 'The Mandalorian' has bagged himself a job with the 'Star Wars' creators.
When we saw deepfake YouTuber Shamook's video of Luke Skywalker on 'The Mandalorian', it was a move that we thought would surely piss off Lucasfilm. It turns out, however, that the studio was thoroughly impressed with what the YouTuber created.
So impressed in fact, that they've hired him as part of their team at Lucasfilm’s Industrial Light and Magic. According to IndieWire, the deal is set in stone.
Shamook's upload, which you can see below, sees him elevate the already impressive Luke Skywalker appearance in the final episode of 'The Mandalorian' season two. Arriving to take Baby Grogu to a place where he'll be safer, the re-appearance of Mark Hamill's Skywalker was the most talked-about cameo of the season.
However, 'Star Wars' fans made the observation that the de-aging of Hamill in the episode didn't deliver as impressively as they would have liked. Off the back of this, the deepfake YouTuber created his own version which has since been viewed over two million times.
Shamook remarked on his new job in the comments section of one of his video, saying: "As some of you may already know, I joined ILM/Lucasfilm a few months ago and haven’t had the time to work on any new YouTube content. Now I’ve settled into my job, uploads should start increasing again. They’ll still be slow, but hopefully not months apart. Enjoy!"
The new hire made the comment underneath his newest deepfake video, which features Robert Pattinson as Christian Bale's version of Batman. In the past, his other creations include John Krasinski as Captain America and Tom Cruise as Iron Man.