Chris Evans and more actors criticize James Dean's posthumous CGI movie role

Brenda Watkins
November 8, 2019

"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". It is going to be directed by Tati Golykh and Anton Ernst, the two have taken permission from James's family before using the actor's image.

Zelda Williams, the daughter of the late actor and comedian Robin Williams, expressed her disapproval in a series of tweets.

While speaking with The Hollywood Reporter, director Anton Ernst went over why they ultimately made a decision to cast a CGI Dean, stating that they had searched extensively for the right person for the role, but the team ultimately decided that Dean was the only one who could portray the "complex" character. They ultimately decided Dean was the flawless fit for the role, as Rogan is a "very brilliant, complex character" which is "pretty much how James Dean was perceived".

However, their plans have angered Evans and other stars, who object to the screen icon being technologically pulled from the grave to make more films.

According to reports added that the Rights to Dean's likeness was legally acquired by the filmmakers and the production company, Magic City Films, through CMG worldwide. "Or write a couple new John Lennon tunes", said Evans on Twitter. The "Captain America" actor returned to his native MA to help dedicate the new home of a youth theater company where as a youngster he honed his acting skills.

Finding Jack, the first project from the filmmaker's recently launched Magic City Films company, tells the story of an American soldier, Fletcher, who after losing his wife, travels to Vietnam and befriends a war dog that saves his life. But that's the problem: it's literally just those three since the actor died in a auto crash in 1955 at age 24.

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Adapted from Gareth Crocker's novel, "Finding Jack" is a live-action movie about the USA military's abandonment of canine units following the Vietnam War. "We feel exceptionally respected that his family underpins us and will avoid potential risk to guarantee that his heritage as one of the most epic film stars to date is kept solidly flawless". "It's exactly the way that we envisioned it", Ernst said.

Pre-production onFinding Jackis set to begin November 17, with a goal for a worldwide release on November 11, 2020, Veterans' Day. Ernst assures the fans that they will not be let down.

Evans took to Twitter to share his disappointment regarding the CGI casting.

"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 tweeted.

Mark Roesler, CEO of CMG Worldwide, who represents Dean's family as well as other departed celebs and historical figures, said, "This opens up a whole new opportunity for many of our clients who are no longer with us".

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