Digital David Beckham, Aged to His 70s, Created by VFX Shop Digital Domain

From The Hollywood Reporter

By Carolyn Giardina

December 3, 2020

With A.I. techniques, artists put the soccer great in a short created by Ridley Scott Creative Group about putting an end to malaria.


Thanks to cutting-edge digital trickery, David Beckham, 45, appears as his future self in his 70s, in a new short titled “Malaria Must Die — So Millions can Live.”


The digital Beckham was created by VFX house Digital Domain, whose pioneering work in digital humans, including aging and de-aging, won an Oscar for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and more recently was tapped to contribute its latest techniques to Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: End Game.


The new short PSA was created by Ridley Scott Creative Group and Scott’s RSA Films Amsterdam. It begins in the future with an aged Beckham delivering a speech on the day malaria has finally been defeated. As he speaks, he returns to his present-day self and make a plea for a malaria-free future.


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