When American actor James Dean suddenly died in a violent car accident on September 30th, 1955 at just 24 years old, he'd only begun to scratch the surface of Hollywood. Dean was only in three movies- 1955's Rebel Without a Cause, 1955's East of Eden, and 1956's Giant. The last film was released posthumously, and even earned him an Oscar nomination for Best Actor. Needless to say, the world lost an amazing and talented actor.
Now- exactly 64 years since his untimely death- Dean is set to star in an upcoming movie. That may sound impossible and even ridiculous, but it really isn't. Thanks to technological advances made in computer-generated imagery (CGI), the legendary actor and icon will be returning to the big screen soon.
The film in question is called Finding Jack. It's said to be set during the Vietnam war and is "based on the existence and abandonment of more than 10,000 military dogs at the end of the Vietnam War", according to recent reports. Dean is set to play a character named Rogan, and it's "considered a secondary lead role".
You'd think that any living actor of today could play this role with ease. But according to the movie's co-director, Anton Ernst, Dean was the only plausible choice to play Rogan.
"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," he explained in an interview.
Film production company Magic City Films were able to obtain the rights to use Dean's image from his estate. Using CGI technology, Dean's body will be re-created in full. Another actor will then voice his lines for him. The former task will fall onto the shoulders of two special effects companies- Canadian VFX studio Imagine Engine and South African VFX company MOI Worldwide- to get it done right.
Will all of this hard work to recreate Dean make Finding Jack a successful film? It's hard to say right now. But what we do know is that we can't wait for it to come out once it's been made!