Is Harrison Ford in Solo: A Star Wars Story the best deepfake yet?

Deepfake technology has grown increasingly impressive and terrifying over the past few years, from dead actors popping up in Hollywood blockbusters to politicians being doctored to say things they’d never dream of. While many are worried about the dangerous potential of deepfakes, there are also lots of fun, harmless examples – and a new Star Wars video feels like exactly what the tech was made for. 

2018’s Solo: A Star Wars Story was a notorious box office flop, with many feeling that the prequel just wasn’t the same without Harrison Ford as the titular Han Solo. If only there was some way of using a young Ford’s likeness for the character. Spoiler alert: that’s exactly what a new deepfake (below) has done – for a couple of minutes, at least. As the name suggests, deepfakes require deep machine learning (check out the best computers for video editing for some serious horsepower). 

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Daniel John
Senior News Editor

Daniel John is Senior News Editor at Creative Bloq. He reports on the worlds of art, design, branding and lifestyle tech (which often translates to tech made by Apple). He joined in 2020 after working in copywriting and digital marketing with brands including ITV, NBC, Channel 4 and more.