James Dean will return to the big screen through digital resurrection, horrifying fans

WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:

  • Fifties icon James Dean is coming back from the dead to star in a new film through the magic of digital technology.
  • “The Rebel Without a Cause” actor who died 64 years ago is being brought back to life to star in a new Vietnam War-era action drama, a Hollywood production company said on Wednesday.
  • Though Magic City Films secured the rights from the actor’s surviving family, fans including Chris Evans think using a dead actor in a movie is not a good idea.

More than six decades after his death, James Dean is set to appear in a new movie, a Hollywood production company said on Wednesday, horrifying fans.

Magic City Films said it had secured the rights from Dean’s estate to digitally recreate the 50s icon. Dean died in 1955 in a car accident when he was only 24.

The “Rebel Without A Cause” star will return to the big screen for a Vietnam War-era action drama called “Finding Jack” through digital resurrection. Based on a 2011 novel by Gareth Crockert, it is scheduled for release in November 2020.

According to the film company, Dean will be recreated through a mixture of old photos and footage, along with computer-generated creations projected over stand-ins. A different actor will lend his voice to what will be a secondary role for Dean’s character, NBC News reported.

In a statement, producer Anton Ernst said: “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 fans were disgusted by the idea. There’s an article in Esquire.com listing “35 working actors they could have cast instead,” while Vice.com said, “Please don’t do this.”

Captain America Chris Evans also turned to Twitter writing : “This is awful. Maybe we can get a computer to paint us a new Picasso. Or write a couple new John Lennon tunes.”

Dean will not be the first actor to appear on-screen long after death. Peter Cushing was brought back to life as Death Star commander Grand Moff Tarkin for the 2016 film “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.”

On Wednesday, Ernst told Entertainment Weekly that producers had searched extensively for an actor to play the role in “Finding Jack” before turning to Dean.

“We have seen (screen) tests. When he’s on screen, it looks 100% like James Dean. It’s exactly the way that we envisioned it,” Ernst said.

Source: NBC News

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