As of February 27, 2017, the world has been without Leonard Nimoy for two years. His iconic portrayal of Spock is known the world over and has created one of the most recognizable cultural icons on this side of the galaxy.
Despite being gone for two years, rumor has it that Spock could again make an apperance in an upcoming Star Trek production.
In a recent interview with TrekWorld, Leonard Nimoy's son Adam seemed surprisingly open to a CGI Spock revival. He was inspired by the digital character work seen with CGI re-creations of Peter Cushing and Carrie Fisher in the most recent Star Wars film. He's quoted as saying…
I loved what they did in Rogue One. I thought it was pretty clever, and I was blown away by it, frankly. All of the stuff that Peter Cushing was doing was mind-boggling to me. I'm a sucker for that stuff. I think it should certainly be explored, but I'm not the final arbiter as to whether it's going to happen, but I think it's a great idea, personally. There are more parties involved than just me as to whether it's going to happen. On a personal level, I think it would be cool.
This is far from the first time CGI has been used instead of an in-the-flesh actor. Paul Walker's Brian O'Connor character got a revival in Furious 7. The same technology has also been used to de-age actors, like Anthony Hopkins in West World.
Since Star Trek: Discovery takes place before the events of the original Star Trek, a CGI Spock in the new series is highly unlikely. However, Star Trek 4 is on the horizon. Would you want to see Spock return to the big screen via CGI technology?
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