In the age of deepfakes, could virtual actors put humans out of business?

In film and video games, weve already seen whats possible with digital humans. Are we on the brink of the worlds first totally virtual acting star? When youre watching a modern blockbuster such as The Avengers, its hard to escape the feeling that what youre seeing is almost entirely computer-generated imagery, from the effects to the sets to fantastical creatures. But if theres one thing you can rely on to be 100% real, its the actors. We might have virtual pop stars like Tupac Shakur performing from beyond the grave at Coachella in 2012. Weve seen the fake Obama video is a key example. Could technology soon make professional actors redundant? Like most of the examples above, the virtual Tupac …

Cantina Talk: What Do The Rise of Skywalker‘s International Titles Mean?

If you're already at the stage where you can't help but wonder how you're going to spend the next few months until the release of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, here's some good news: At least you can wait impatiently on some high-end Star Wars-inspired furniture. Yes, high-end Star Wars furniture. The best item in the collection? The Chewie rocking stool, but we can't deny that the Sidious Easy Armchair looks pretty comfortable, too. What else is happening in the galaxy far, far away? Cantina Talk starts now. But What Could Dawn of Skywalker Possibly Mean? The Source: The internet, noticing international titles for Rise of Skywalker Probability of Accuracy: Well, the titles are accurate, at least. The Real …

Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and the Art of Worldbuilding

When Disney acquired Lucasfilm from Star Wars creator George Lucas for $4 billion in 2012, many fans had the same thought: Disney's got to make a theme park set in the galaxy far, far away. It's the peanut-butter-in-chocolate of worldbuilding: The creative minds at Lucasfilm know how to build cinematic universes; Disney's Imagineering team knows how to construct fantastical lands IRL. If the Mouse House didn't build Star Wars worlds at its theme parks, it would be a huge missed opportunity. Today, nearly seven years later, the first of those worlds opened its doors. Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge is now a fully functioning "land" at Disney's Anaheim park. Its twin will open at the company's Florida resort later this year. …

Cantina Talk: Meet the New New Class of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Hello, and welcome to a new edition of Cantina Talk, WIRED's look at everything happening in the world of Star Wars. But first: If you haven't already read it, open another tab immediately and bookmark this oral history of Star Wars: Episode I—The Phantom Menace, because, really, there are some droids in there you've probably been looking for. But if you're not in the mood for revisiting the way the movies looked a long time ago, perhaps you'll be happier with these glimpses of what's to come. The Next Movie Is About Millennials, Kind Of Source: The man behind Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, J.J. Abrams Probable accuracy: The thing with thematic descriptors is, who can really say what …

Nearing the endgame: is Hollywood’s lust for sequels destroying cinema?

Franchises thrill fans and enrich studios. But in a fast-changing world, familiar comforts may be more harmful than we think Coming not so shortly: a new helping of either Star Wars or Avatar for every Christmas between 2021 and 2027. Disneys and even Rambo. Never before have film sequels been so many and so varied. They are nothing new, of course. The first specimen, followed the infamous 1915 Avengers: Endgame, was $220m for fastest ever film to make $2bn, and has outstripped the lifetime take of the series original by more than $six are now sequels all released in the last four years. New movies, old parts Toy Story. Photograph: Sportsphoto Ltd/Allstar More important than the scale of these earnings …

Cantina Talk: George Lucas Worked on the Rise of Skywalker Story

It would stand to reason that the weeks following Star Wars Celebration would be light on Star Wars news, considering those five days gave the fans a movie title, a new trailer, lots of details about the Mandalorian TV show and the Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge theme park attraction, and all kinds of other smaller tidbits. And yet, there's been a steady stream of news ever since. It is a May the Fourth miracle? Doesn't matter; we'll take it. Your full roundup of Star Wars news is below. Before we go any further, however, we need to note the sad passing of Peter Mayhew, the man who brought Chewbacca to life. He appeared in five Star Wars movies as the …

Watch the Trailer for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Here

The long wait is over, and now we know: The next Star Wars movie is going to be called Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. And, more than that, it officially has a teaser trailer—one that seems to hand the Skywalker legacy over to none other than Rey. After months of increasing speculation—including leading tweets from Anthony Daniels and trolling from Mark Hamill—the title, and trailer, were revealed during Star Wars Celebration in Chicago on Friday. The moody teaser opens on Rey (Daisy Ridley) staring through a vast desert and firing up a lightsaber. "We've passed on all we know," Luke Skywalker (Hamill) says in voiceover. "One thousand generations live in you now." The clip goes on to show Kylo …

Cantina Talk: Here’s What Episode IX Looks Like. Maybe

As all things Star Wars begin to go quiet ahead of this month's big Star Wars Celebration convention—more on that later—it's been a strange couple of weeks when it comes to news from the galaxy far, far away. But that doesn't mean things have been entirely silent when it comes to the warriors beyond the stars. Here's what's been going on on this side of the Outer Rim. This Is What Episode IX Looks Like (Maybe) Source: An online leak of what might be a promotional image for the movie. Credibility: While the method of release is kind of unconventional, this looks pretty legit. Real Talk: What might be the mother lode of Episode IX spoilers leaked online last week …

Cantina Talk: Here’s What One Dude Has Seen of Episode IX

You're not alone if you're thinking that the Star Wars franchise is seeming just a little bit … more compressed lately. The animated series Star Wars Resistance just brought its first season to an end by stepping into the shadow (and runtime) of Star Wars: The Force Awakens and in doing so left only the comics and books to remind fans there's a universe beyond the movies. Or, well, that's the case until Lucasfilm reveals more about the Disney+ shows. For now, though, let's get lost in what's going on in the run up to the next big Star Wars flick. A Least One Person Has Seen (Some of) Episode IX The Source: One lucky Disney shareholder Probability of Accuracy: …