Actor James Dean, who died in 1955 at the age of 24, is set to star in the Vietnam era action-drama Finding Jack. He’ll be recreated for the feature film via full body CGI.
According to The Hollywood Reporter: “Adapted by Maria Sova from Gareth Crocker’s novel, Finding Jack is based on the existence and abandonment of more than 10,000 military dogs at the end of the Vietnam War. Dean will play a character called Rogan, considered a secondary lead role.”
Said director Anton Ernst to THR: “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. 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.”
Dean will be voiced by another actor. Songwriter Diane Warren is also involved, writing music for the film.