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[00:00.04]American actor James Dean has been dead for 64 years.
[00:06.12]The star of Rebel Without a Cause died at the age of 25 in September 1955.
[00:15.08]Yet, he will star in a new movie about the Vietnam War thanks to digital technology.
[00:24.08]The makers of the movie "Finding Jack" announced this month
[00:28.97]that they plan to use computer-generated images of James Dean in the film.
[00:35.73]The images will come from old film clips and pictures of Dean.
[00:42.48]Another actor is to provide the voice.
[00:45.84]Other movies have had digitally created performances by dead actors,
[00:52.24]but most of them had already played parts in the film, like Peter Cushing.
[00:57.90]He first appeared in the very first Star Wars film.
[01:02.81]Cushing died in 1994.
[01:06.72]Yet images of him were digitally recreated for the 2016 Star Wars film Rogue One.
[01:17.36]The idea that one of the movies' most beloved former stars
[01:22.08]would be recreated digitally for a new film has been met with criticism.
[01:28.36]Captain America actor Chris Evans
[01:31.84]called the plans to use Dean's image in the film disrespectful and wrongheaded.
[01:39.72]"Maybe we can get a computer to paint us a new Picasso.
[01:44.52]Or write a couple new John Lennon tunes," said Evans on Twitter.
[01:50.16]The Hollywood Reporter was the first to report the news.
[01:56.40]The producers of Finding Jack got the rights to Dean's likeness through CMG Worldwide.
[02:05.12]The company represents Dean's family as well as the intellectual
[02:10.57]property rights of many other famous people who are dead.
[02:15.14]They include astronaut Neil Armstrong, and the actors Bette Davis and Burt Reynolds.
[02:23.72]Mark Roesler is the chairman and chief executive of CMG.
[02:29.05]He defended the decision to use images of James Dean.
[02:34.14]He said the company has represented the actor's family for many years.
[02:40.06]Noting that Dean has more than 183,000 followers on Instagram,
[02:46.66]Roesler said he is still important today.
[02:51.60]"James Dean was known as Hollywood's ‘rebel' and he famously said
[02:57.03]‘if a man can bridge the gap between life and death, if he can live after he's dead,
[03:03.32]then maybe he was a great man,'" Roesler said.
[03:08.00]"What was considered rebellious in the '50s is very different than what is rebellious today,
[03:14.34]and we feel confident that he would support this modern day act of rebellion."
[03:21.56]Finding Jack is about the U.S. military's decision to leave behind the dogs
[03:28.28]that had aided soldiers when the Vietnam War ended. The story is based on the book written by Gareth Crocker.
[03:38.52]Anton Ernst and Tati Golykh are the film's directors.
[03:43.87]In an email, Ernst said they respect Dean's life and history.
[03:49.92]The movie "is one of hope and love," said Ernst.
[03:53.72]"There is still a lot of James Dean's fans worldwide...
[03:58.65]there would always be critics, and all we can do is tell a great story with humanity."
[04:06.60]Ernst added that the Dean family "views this as his fourth movie, a movie he never got to make.
[04:14.37]We do not intend to let his fans down."
[04:19.12]Dean starred in just three movies before he died in a car crash.
[04:24.37]They are Rebel Without a Cause, East of Eden and Giant.
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