James Dean Staring in Upcoming Vietnam War Action-Drama Through the Use of CGI
You heard it right everybody... James Dean will be a lead in a new film that centers around the Vietnam War. From The Hollywood Reporter, "James Dean, who died in a 1955 car crash at the age of 24, is making an unexpected return to the big screen. The cultural icon, known for Rebel Without a Cause and East of Eden, has been posthumously cast in the Vietnam era action-drama Finding Jack" (Rittman).
Finding Jack director's Anton Ernst and Tati Golykh have obtained the rights to use Dean’s image from his family. Ernst on this "casting" decision, "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."
In the last couple hours, this news has gained a substantial amount of backlash, especially on Twitter with people calling this move disrespectful, a disgusting publicity stunt, and a form of exploitation. The actor Chris Evans, who is well know for his role as Captain America tweeted, "This is awful. Maybe we can get a computer to paint us a new Picasso. Or write a couple new John Lennon tunes. The complete lack of understanding here is shameful."
THR reports that preproduction on Finding Jack starts Nov. 17, with a goal for a worldwide release on Veterans Day 2020.