James Dean will return to acting 64 years after his death thanks to the use of technology. A choice that caused a huge sensation in Hollywood and beyond, among those who judged the choice ‘shameful’, also because it creates a ‘terrible precedent’. Magic City Films has announced that Dean will be one of the co-stars in Finding Jack.
The film, adapted by Maria Sova from the novel by Gareth Crocker, focuses on the abandonment of over 10,000 military dogs at the end of the war in Vietnam . Dean, who died shortly before the outbreak of war in the Asian country, would play a character named Rogan.
Although the film’s directors, Anton Ernst and Tati Golykh, obtained the rights to use the image of the actor from the family, the casting reactions were largely negative.
“I talked about it for years with friends and no one believed that the film industry would bow to these dynamics once the technology got better,” says Robin Williams’s daughter, Zelda.
“All this is terrible,” says the Avengers star: Endgame, Chris Evans “The total lack of understanding is shameful”.
Also, colleague, Elijah Wood aligned with the thought of Evans.
“This is not James Dean, he is his face in a motion-capture performance with an actor,” says Julie Ann Emery.
And you, what do you think? Do you find it right or wrong to bring interpreters that have long since disappeared to the big screen using technology?