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– by Joseph Jammer Medina

If you thought Princess Leia and Tarkin were sights to behold in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, you likely ain’t seen nothing yet. In this age of canon obsession, and the desire to keep things as faithful to their originals as possible, filmmakers are taking drastic measures to diminish the possibility of, say, having to hire a new actor for another Han Solo film in the future, should Alden Ehrenreich get too old or kick the bucket.

Speaking with The New Yorker, Donald Glover makes a revelation that could very well have spawned from a science fiction novel.

“I’m scanned into Star Wars now, my face and body. Who’s to say that at some point they won’t take that scan and say, ‘Let’s make another movie with Donald. He’s been dead for fifteen years, but we can do whatever we want with him.’ ”

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Imagine, the year is 2222, and the 300th installment of Star Wars is in development. Pablo Hidalgo XII suddenly has the idea of a lifetime that involves a younger Lando Calrissian. However, fans are so obsessed with Glover’s performance, and can’t possibly fathom anyone else playing the role, that Lucasfilm digs back into the archives to pull out the digital files for Glover. All of a sudden, we get a picture-perfect performance of him, and all they need to do is find a voice.

It’s this kind of stuff that’s both amazing and scary. Pretty soon, actors will be obsolete, stories will be written by machines, and the audiences will consist almost wholly of machines. The United States is but a glimmer of the past, and the planet we know as Earth is only recognized as China by neighboring planets.

This is a world I don’t want to live in. This isn’t the world we deserve.

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SOURCE: The New Yorker

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.