In the early stages of production for Phantom Menace, I heard a rumor that and Alec Guinness construct was going to play Obi Wan. Probably, it was just a rumor. But clearly the tech was not in place.
In 2009, I went to a panel with James Cameron and Peter Jackson. Cameron was very fired up about his motion capture technology. And he said that it could allow Will Smith to star in action movies into his 80s.
When I saw Avatar, one of the first things that I thought about was that the tech was ripe for new Star Wars films to be made. But of course word come out that instead Lucas is going to look to use it to squeeze even more money out of his old projects
And then there is the tiny bit of footage of Jeff Bridges in the Tron trailer. And that is something which is really striking and damned impressive. And after talking a little bit about it with my son, I figured that the flood gates are probably going to open on this pretty soon here.
This is not really tech I want to see in Lucas hands either because frankly, he hasn't managed to use his toys well in quite a long time. Tron looks like something I have a lot of interest in. The idea of Sean Connery possible making a new Bond film with flashbacks of a 30 year old Connery, or some similar such project seems like something with a lot of potential. Lucas making some odd sort of zombie films, really does not interest me much at all.
BTW, your then and now pic . . .