James Dean is resurrected through CGI – but has technology crossed the line?
November 7, 2019

The recent news sparked an outcry from everyone.

Many of us haven’t heard of James Dean, but the once-popular star of ‘Rebel Without a Cause’ is making a comeback through CGI and has been cast in a new film about the Vietnam War. It was said that a computer-generated version of the actor will be made and will be voiced by another actor.

While the filmmaker’s intentions are to bring back Dean more than 60 decades after he died, many are calling the move immoral and somewhat violates the ethic of doing movies that put computer-generated imagery of deceased actors.

But the move of introducing computer-generated characters has been done in the past – one that comes to mind is Carrie Fisher and Peter Cushing in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. The scene required stand-ins when shooting and through CGI, mapped out the younger faces of the actors to make a convincing shot.

But the idea of James Dean being resurrected years after his death was met with criticism, most notably from fellow actors who feel like the move was being disrespectful in the actor’s memory. Captain America himself Chris Evans tweeted, “Maybe we can get a computer to paint us a new Picasso. Or write a couple of new John Lennon tunes.”

The filmmaker defended the movie, saying that ‘immortality is the only true success’, noting that Dean’s Instagram account has more than 183,000 followers.

But has Hollywood actually crossed the line here? Technology does wonders, yes, but to what extent do we have to know what is morally right. James Dean’s comeback on the big screen will definitely divide audiences when the movie releases – which side are you on? 

James Dean’s most famous role was Rebel Without a Cause and he died of a car accident in 1955 at the age of 24.

by Victor Philip Ortiz
Tech Enthusiast and Movie Buff. Passionate for all things tech - you’ll normally find him tinkering with the latest gadgets and computer peripherals. He is an avid collector of Blu-ray discs and occasionally plays on his Xbox.
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