Samuel L. Jackson will be the latest actor to get a CG touch up in order to appear much younger.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe has used computer effects to provide us with a younger-looking Robert Downey Jr., Kurt Russell and Michael Douglas, among others, and it’s now Jackson’s turn for some of that de-aging.
The Brie Larson-starring Captain Marvel will be set in the 1990s and will feature a younger Nick Fury (with both eyes) and Agent Coulson, the latter of which will see Clark Gregg reprising the role. They’re both getting the digital makeover.
“Well, I think having the option is pretty amazing. And I think having the technology and even without spoiling anything, Sam Jackson is shooting a movie for us right now that takes, where he’s entirely 25 years younger the whole movie. And Coulson,” Marvel head and all-round genius Kevin Feige told Slash Film.
“So that’ll be the first one where it’s a character for the whole movie, as opposed to a glimpse at a certain period of time. It’s the whole movie. So it’s possible, assuming that works. It’s possible. It’s very good when you are starting by the way with somebody like Michelle Pfeiffer or Michael Douglas or for that matter Sam Jackson or Clark Gregg.”
It’s crazy to think of what these visual effects are capable of doing. It was a little weird seeing a young Jeff Bridges in TRON: Legacy, but it’s getting close to uncanny now – as especially seen in Ant-Man and the Wasp.
Martin Scorsese will be using digital de-aging on his Netflix epic The Irishman, which will star Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Havey Keitel and Joe Pesci. The visual effects are among the many extravagant features of that production, by the way, which has a budget that has ballooned from $US100 million to $US175 million and counting.
Captain Marvel will also star Jude Law, Ben Mendelsohn, Annette Bening, Djimon Hounsou, Lee Pace and Gemma Chan, and is scheduled to open in the US on March 8, 2019.