James Dean to be 'digitally resurrected' in Vietnam War film Finding Jack

Iconic 1950s movie star James Dean seen here in 'Rebel Without a Cause,' is poised to make a posthumous return to the big screen in the new Vietnam War-era thriller 'Finding Jack'

Iconic 1950s movie star James Dean seen here in 'Rebel Without a Cause,' is poised to make a posthumous return to the big screen in the new Vietnam War-era thriller 'Finding Jack'

Based on the actual existence and abandonment of over 10,000 canine units at the end of the Vietnam War, "Finding Jack" is an emotional journey about friendship and love under desperate circumstances.

Following on from the increased use of digital doubles and de-aged actors, one company is now looking to take another step and craft a virtual version of James Dean to appear in a new film called Finding Jack. "And after months of research, we decided on James Dean".

The Hollywood heartthrob, who died in a 1955 auto crash at the age of 24, is being brought back in the Vietnam-era drama "Finding Jack", thanks to CGI technology that uses actual footage of the actor. The legendary actor's family has signed off on the project, and director Anton Ernst said the family sees this "as his fourth movie". "We do not intend to let his fans down".

Beyond the grave: Dean is set to play a character named Rogan, "a secondary lead role" according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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Magic City Films will use CGI to resurrect Dean, who was killed in a auto crash at age 24, by way of "full body" recreations from archival photos and footage of the actor.

And the announcement has opened doors for other actors to be posthumously "resurrected" for the screen, according to reps for Dean's family. Mark Roesler, CEO of CMG Worldwide, said: "This opens up a whole new opportunity for many of our clients who are no longer with us".

Dean is best known for his roles in films including "East of Eden", "Rebel Without a Cause" and his final movie "Giant", released in 1956 and co-starring Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, Dennis Hopper and Sal Mineo. Canadian special effects companies Imagine Engine (Game of Thrones, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom) and MOI Worldwide (Vodaphone and University of Nicosia commercials) will create a puppet of the dead actor, which will be voiced by another actor doing an imitation of Dean.

On September 30, 1955, the actor had just finished shooting his final scenes for the film Giant when he made a decision to drive his Porsche 550 Spyder from Los Angeles to Salinas.

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