"Rebel Without a Cause Star"James Dean will star in an upcoming Vietnam war movie, his first movie in more than 64 years.
For those who doesn't know, James died in 1955.
From the moment visual effects became advanced enough, recreating the performance of an actor who already passed away was already inevitable.
"Finding Jack" will use computer graphics to create a "realistic version" of Dean by utilizing photos and videos of him. However, there will be another actor to provide his voice.
SlashFilm reported that directors Tati Golykh and Anton Ernst got the rights to use the late actor's image from his family and are teaming up with a visual effects company to recreate what the filmmakers describe as a "realistic version of James Dean."
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Dean will not just be in it for a small appearance. He will have a "secondary lead role."
"We searched high and low for the perfect character to portray the role of Rogan, which has some extremely complex character arcs. After months of research, we decided on James Dean," Ernst said, seemingly suggesting with a straight face and not a single person was suited to the role but an actor who has been dead since the Eisenhower administration.
Oscar-nominated songwriter Diane Warren will write the key song for the movie while acclaimed composer Laurent Eyquem is in charge of scoring the film.
"This opens up a whole new opportunity for many of our clients who are no longer with us," CEO of CMG Worldwide Mark Roesler said.
The preproduction for "Finding Jack" starts November 17, and the target worldwide release date is on Veterans Day 2020.
James Dean became a pop culture icon and one of the defining actors of his generation, thanks to his three major film roles. Unfortunately, he did not live log enough to see his success.
His stardom came crashing down in a fatal car accident in 1955. He purchased a brand-new Porsche Spyder and drove it around in Salinas Road Race in California. He initially thought to have the Porsche taken to Salinas on a trailer, but at the last minute, decided to drive it himself.
On September 30, 1955, he set off for Salinas in his "Little Bastard" car accompanied by his mechanic, Rolf Wütherich, when he noticed a Ford heading towards his car that was preparing to make a left turn at the junction ahead. After Dean supposedly reassured his mechanic, "that guy's gotta stop, he'll see us," the two cars collided head-on.
"Finding Jack" will be Dean's fourth movie, as there are only three official film credits to his name before his untimely death. In 1955, he starred in "Rebel Without a Cause" and "East of Eden" and in 1956, "Giant."