Legendary actor, James Dean, is well-known for his smouldering good looks and his iconic roles in movies like the 1955 classic, Rebel Without A Cause. Sadly, the star passed away in a car crash shortly after the movie became a hit.
But now, James Dean will be donning the big screen once again thanks to a South African VFX company called MOI Worldwide and Canadian VFX banner Imagine Engine. The two companies are reportedly working on “a realistic version of James Dean” by using recently obtained photos from the deceased actor’s family to create a CGI version of the actor. Another, as of yet named actor will be doing the voice-over work.
The movie, which is based on Gareth Crocker’s novel, Finding Jack, will be directed by Anton Ernst and Tati Golykh and will be focused on the existence and abandonment of more than 10 000 military dogs at the end of the Vietnam War. James Dean will portray a character called Rogan – considered a secondary lead role.
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.
The makers of this upcoming movie hope that the technology used in Finding Jack will be used in the future to bring other legendary stars back to the big screen.
Our partners in South Africa are very excited about this, as this technology would also be employed down the line to re-create historical icons such as Nelson Mandela to tell stories of cultural heritage significance.
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