These days, death does not prevent an actor or musician from leaving their posts. Technology has revived late singers for stage shows, and a handful of big studios have resurrected actors for brief on-screen comebacks. Most recently, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story featured a rather tasteful return of one of the franchise’s original trilogy stars. And, now, it looks like a Star Trek icon could do the same one day. That is, if it were up to Leonard Nimoy’s son.
Recently, the son of Spock’s beloved actor spoke about the idea of having his father revived via CGI. During an interview with TrekMovie, Adam Nimoy was asked if his father’s estate would allow Leonard to be brought back through technology. It was then that Adam said he’s even open to the prospect.
“Yeah, I think it’s an interesting idea. 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,” Nimoy’s son said.
“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,” he finished.
Of course, there is no guarantee such a revival will occur. In the franchise’s film reboot, Leonard was given a touching tribute in Star Trek Beyond as the film premiered after the actor’s passing. CBS is currently working on a new small-screen adaptation of Star Trek which could surely find a way to include Spock, but the web series will likely struggle to budget for the CGI effect.
What’s more, the franchise will need to account for how fans would react to Leonard’s revival even if his state did officially give consent. Following the sudden passing of Carrie Fisher, Lucasfilm released a statement assuring concerned fans they had no plans to “digitally recreate” the actress’ take on Leia Organa. When Rogue One chose to resurrect Peter Cushing’s Grand Moff Tarkin, Lucasfilm worked closely with the actor’s estate to ensure his late performance was an honorable one. Universal Pictures did the same with Paul Walker for his posthumous appearance in the seventh Fast & Furious film.
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