For those of you not in the know – and, yes, I am aiming all of this subtle shade at you, mother – a deepfake is a video whereby an existing image is replaced with someone else’s likeness.
See below for an example of Nicholas Cage replacing
Oscar-winner, Amy Adams, in Man of Steel.
And now that you’ve seen that, take the time to gently massage bleach in your eyes, and we’ll continue on this Back to the Future remake.
It all started when one genius and/or nerd managed to create a spot-on deepfake of Tom Holland and Robert Downey Jr. starring as Marty McFly and Doc Brown, respectively.
(As if I needed to tell you that – I’d have been a lot more amazed if they managed to make a deepfake of Tom as – I dunno – Einstein, the dog.)
The pair – who grew a huge fandom after they appeared together in the MCU, and bid farewell to each other following Tony Stark’s death in Avengers: Endgame – were whacked in the deepfake, which quickly became a viral sensation.
Now, the possibility of the duo recreating the 1985 sci-fi classic is one step closer, after Instagram user, apexform shared a fan-made poster to their 4k followers, with the Spider-Man star in Marty’s iconic gilet, in front of the famous clock tower.
Previously, Tom has confirmed that while it was discussed in the past, a Back to the Future remake has not been confirmed.
Speaking to Radio 1’s Ali Plumb, the Onward star said “I’d be lying if I said there hadn’t been conversations in the past about doing some sort of remake, but that film is the most perfect film – or one of the most perfect films, one that could never be made better.
“That said, if [Robert Downey Jr.] and I could just shoot that one scene that they remade for fun – he could pay for it cause he’s got loads of money – I would do it for my fee and we could remake that scene. I think we owe it to deep fake because they did such a good job. … I think I’m gonna speak to Robert and see if we can try to recreate something for deep fake.”
All I’m saying is that if they were to remake Back to the Future, it certainly would redeem them from that terrifying Dolittle they made together. Hell, I’d rather watch Nicholas Cage as Amy Adams again.