Hollywood legend James Dean, who was killed in a car crash in 1955, has been cast in a new movie, where he will appear through the magic of special effects technology, USA Today reports.
“Magic City Films announced Wednesday it has obtained the rights from Dean’s family to cast him posthumously in a secondary lead role in a Vietnam-era action drama, ‘Finding Jack,'” USA Today reports. “The movie, based on a novel of the same name by Gareth Crocker, will tell the true story about the abandonment of thousands of canine units as ‘surplus military equipment’ after the end of the Vietnam War, and the adventure that ensues when a smitten soldier refuses to leave his best friend behind, according to IMDb.”
The casting of live actors is reportedly under way.
“Dean, born in Indiana in 1931, lived fast, died young (he was 24), and made a big impression in Hollywood with only three film roles as troubled and surly youths: ‘Rebel Without a Cause’ (1955), ‘East of Eden’ (1955) and ‘Giant’ (released in 1956 after his death),” USA Today notes.
In a statement, the film’s producer, Anton Ernst, said Dean’s family considers “Finding Jack” to be Dean’s fourth film role.