James Dean, the iconic actor who tragically died in 1955 at the age of 24, could be set to make a posthumous appearance in new film Finding Jack.
The film, which will be focused around the Vietnam War, is being directed by Tati Golykh and Anton Ernst through their new production studio Magic City Films. With the plan to make a major statement, the directors have obtained the rights for James Dean’s likeness by his family.
The film will be based on the Gareth Crocker novel of the same name, of which the official synopsis reads: “Based on the actual existence and abandonment of over 10,000 canine units at the end of the Vietnam War, ‘Finding Jack’ is a film of friendship and love under desperate circumstances that will grab your heart and won’t let go.”
The film will team up with Canadian VFX company Imagine Engine and South African VFX studio MOI Worldwide in their bid to recreate the East of Eden star 65 years after his death.
“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,” Ernst told THR.
“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.”