Magic City Films, the production company behind the film, announced that it has been given the right to use Dean's image from his estate and that the CGI technology is the actual footage and photos of Dean in the film would take up.
The "Rebel Without a Cause" The actor died in 1955 at the age of 24 in a car accident.
Since then Dean has become an icon and the news of his posthumous casting has provoked rage even among some of his most famous admirers.
"Captain America star Chris Evans tweeted" I'm sure he'd be thrilled "with a startling emoji on Wednesday, referring to Dean's reaction to such news.
" That's terrible. Maybe we can do that by having a computer paint a new Picasso, "Evans wrote," or write some new pieces by John Lennon. The complete lack of understanding here is shameful. "
Actor Elijah Wood, best known for his roles in the" Lord of the Rings "movies, agreed.
" Nope, "Wood tweeted." That should be nothing. "
Anton Ernst, co-director of the film, told The Hollywood Reporter that they" searched high and low for the perfect character to portray the role of Rogan, who has an extreme complex. After months of research, we chose James Dean decided. "
" We are honored that his family supports us, and will take every precaution to ensure that his heritage is considered one of the most epic movie stars of the day firmly established, "said Ernst." The family considers this as his fourth movie, a movie he never had to film. We do not intend to let his fans down. "
Prior to his death, Dean appeared in only three films released," Rebel Without a Cause, East of Eden and Giant.
Evans and Wood were not alone.
Twitter was filled with people who did not enjoy Dean's casting.
"It takes me a full day to lie down and digest that they use James Dean CGI to project him into a Vietnam War movie when he was actively against Dean's casting, and would never be in this movie in life ", a person tweeted. "For example, how soulless and dystopian the leader made this decision."
Zelda Williams, the daughter of the late actor and comedian Robin Williams, also weighed on the controversy.
"I've talked to friends about it for years, and nobody ever thought the industry would break that low once the technology gets better," she tweeted. "Publicity stunt or not, that's a puppet that makes the dead just for their 'punch' and sets such a terrible precedent for the future of the performance."