"This is terrible. the complete lack of understanding here is shameful", tweeted Avengers actor Chris Evans, while Lord of the Rings' Elijah Wood added: "NOPE". They will use photos and unused film footage to create a "full body" CGI version of Dean, while another actor will dub his voice.
Producer Anton Ernst said he will try to keep Dean's "legacy firmly intact". Chris Evans criticized the decision as "shameful" and Zelda Williams, whose late father Robin Williams restricted exploitation of his image for 25 years following his death, expressed her disdain over the choice.
Dean, who died in a 1955 vehicle crash at age 24, appeared in only three feature films: "Rebel Without a Cause", "East of Eden" and "Giant". An actor will present the character's converse. He'll "play" a secondary character named Rogan in the film. But those have been largely roles the actors already played, including Carrie Fisher and Peter Cushing, who first appeared together in "Star Wars" and were prominently featured in the 2016 spinoff "Rogue One". He promised that Dean will most likely be sensible.
Dean, who died in a vehicle crash in 1955 at age 24, starred in three films during his short life: East of Eden, Rebel Without a Cause, and Giant.
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Evans took to Twitter to share his disappointment regarding the CGI casting.
Ernst added that Dean's family considers the picture to be the star's fourth film, "a movie he never got to make".
"I have talked to friends about this for YEARS and no one ever believed me that the industry would stoop this low once tech got better", she wrote in another tweet. Ernst assures the fans that they will not be let down.
Filmmakers hope to start filming "Finding Jack" mid-November and plan to release it Veterans Day 2020.
"This opens up a whole new opportunity for many of our clients who are no longer with us", said Mark Roesler, CEO of CMG Worldwide, which represents Dean's family and over 1,700 other dead celebrities, including Burt Reynolds, Christopher Reeve, Ingrid Bergman, Neil Armstrong, Bette Davis, and Jack Lemmon.
Visual effects have resurrected the images of other film actors.