Actor James Dean, who died in 1955 at the age of 24, is set to star in the Vietnam era action-drama Finding Jack. He’ll be recreated for the feature film via full-body CGI.
The Rebel Without A Cause star, who died in a car accident, is returning through the use of CGI constructed through archive footage and photos to play the part of Rogan, a secondary lead role in the live-action film. However, he will be voiced by another actor.
The technology was used for Peter Cushing and Carrie Fishers’s images for their roles of Grand Moff Tarkin and Princess Leia, respectively, in Rogue One.
The technology has also been brought in when actors have died before filming wrapped, recreating Philip Seymour Hoffman in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 and Brandon Lee in The Crow.
The film’s director Anton Ernst told THR –
“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. 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.”
Finding Jack is being adapted by Maria Sova from Gareth Crocker’s novel of the same name and is based on the existence and abandonment of more than 10,000 military dogs at the end of the Vietnam War.