James Dean died before his time. Over six decades ago, the actor died in an auto accident at the age of 24. But now, through CGI visual effects, Dean will be staring in the secondary leading role for the Vietnam War action-drama “Finding Jack.”
Magic City Films, a production company based out of Los Angeles, obtained the rights to use Dean’s likeness from his family. Following the story line written by Gareth Crocker in his novel of the same name, “Finding Jack” tells the story of over 10,000 canine unites that were abandoned after the end of the Vietnam War. The story is described as “a film of friendship and love under desperate circumstances that will grab your heart and won’t let go.” The film is being spearheaded by Anton Ernst and Tati Golykh.
The decision to use Dean for the secondary role after searching for just the right person. “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,” says Ernst. “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 starred in “East of Eden,” “Rebel Without a Cause,” and “Giant,” all of which garnered him nominations for Best Actor.
Magic City Films will lead out on creating the CGI version of Dean with the help of Canadian effects company Imagine Earth and South African effects studio MOI Worldwide. Pre-production of the film is underway with a potential release date of Veterans Day 2020.