Veteran actors Tom Hanks and Robin Wright reunite almost 30 years after ‘Forrest Gump’ for the new Robert Zemeckis, ‘Here,’ where they will be De-Aged thanks to technology.
In the upcoming Robert Zemeckis movie “Here,” Tom Hanks and Robin Wright’s “Forrest Gump” characters will again become teenagers owing to cutting-edge artificial intelligence technology.
The project will utilize the hyper-realistic AI technology Methaphysic Live, enabling real-time de-aging effects on actors’ faces without relying on special effects. The company rose to prominence on America’s Got Talent with its deepfake showcasing a photorealistic Elvis Presley singing through an avatar.
This will enable the movie’s multigenerational plot to develop while tackling issues of love, grief, hardship, and hope for couples.
“I’ve always been attracted to technology that helps me to tell a story, With Here, the film simply wouldn’t work without our actors seamlessly transforming into younger versions of themselves.” Zemeckis said in a statement.
The movie is based on Richard McGuire’s graphic novel “Here,” which describes the various characters who have lived in the same room throughout the years. The film features the reunion of Wright and Hanks in its cast, as well as screenwriter Eric Roth who previously worked on ‘Forrest Gump’ and won an Oscar for it in 1995.
Director Zemeckis has a history of incorporating technology into his films, such as in ‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit’ (1988) where he blended animation with live action and in ‘The Polar Express’ (2004) where he utilized motion capture with Tom Hanks.
Deepfake technology is AI-powered for creating realistic digital images or videos by replacing or altering existing content. It uses machine learning algorithms to generate new content that mimics the facial expressions, movements, and speech patterns of the original source material. Although technology has potential benefits in fields such as entertainment and journalism, it also raises ethical concerns about the spread of false information and manipulation.
Attempts to de-age actors through various techniques have previously been seen in films like ‘The Irishman’ by Martin Scorsese and the upcoming ‘Indiana Jones’ which will de-age Harrison Ford.