James Dean is being brought back on screen using artificial intelligence for an upcoming movie about the Vietnam war called Finding Jack.
The actor passed away at the age of 24 in 1955 after a car accident while driving his Porsche. According to the Hollywood Reporter, directors Anton Ernst and Tati Golykh have “obtained the rights to use Dean’s image from his family.”
The film is based on the novel by Gareth Crocker. The Rebel Without a Cause actor is said to play the character of Rogan.
The synopsis for the film reads, “Following a tragic accident, Fletcher Carson joins the flagging war effort in Vietnam. Lost and lonely, he plans to die in the war. But after stumbling upon a critically injured Lab, Fletcher unexpectedly begins to regain his will to live. When the war ends, Fletcher is forced to abandon his dog. But how do you leave your best friend behind? So together they embark on an adventure against all odds to fight for survival.”
Ernst also stated, “We searched high and low for the perfect character to portray the role of Rogan, which has some extreme complex character arcs, and after months of research, we decided on James Dean.”
Adding further, “We feel very honored that his family supports us and will take every precaution to ensure that his legacy as one of the most epic film stars to date is kept firmly intact. The family views this as his fourth movie, a movie he never got to make. We do not intend to let his fans down.”
However, many people including various celebrities have expressed outrage over using CGI to bring back James Dean on screen. Chris Evans was the first one who spoke out against this calling it “awful”. He was followed by Dylan Sprouse and Bette Midler etc.
Robin Williams’ daughter Zelda Williams also expressed her concern regarding the issue. Writing that the movie “is puppeteering the dead for their ‘clout’ alone.”
Finding Jack is said to release in 2020.
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