Tom Hanks's new movie has the most eerily convincing AI de-aging we've seen yet

A screenshot from Here showing Tom Hanks de-aged using AI
(Image credit: Sony Pictures Entertainment)

The director Robert Zemeckis has a reputation for experimenting with new technologies and groundbreaking VFX to tell stories on the big screen, from Who Framed Roger Rabbit? to Back to the Future and The Polar Express (see our pick of the best VFX resources). So it should perhaps be no surprise that he's one of the directors exploring the possibilities of generative AI, and in his next movie, he uses the tech to make the previously impossible possible.

Here uses a range of effects to tell the life story of a couple played by a 67-year-old Tom Hanks and 58-year-old Robin Wright. In some scenes, their appearance is altered using traditional makeup effects, but for the most dramatic flashbacks, AI de-aging is used, and it looks scarily real.

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Joe Foley

Joe is a regular freelance journalist and editor at Creative Bloq. He writes news, features and buying guides and keeps track of the best equipment and software for creatives, from video editing programs to monitors and accessories. A veteran news writer and photographer, he now works as a project manager at the London and Buenos Aires-based design, production and branding agency Hermana Creatives. There he manages a team of designers, photographers and video editors who specialise in producing visual content and design assets for the hospitality sector. He also dances Argentine tango.