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James Dean revival spurs debate on raising the digital dead

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Posted at 1:27 PM, Jan 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-20 16:27:50-05

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The men bringing James Dean back to life for a forthcoming film want to give his digital likeness a whole new career.

Travis Cloyd, who is leading the revival of Dean for his appearance in "Finding Jack," says his company will eventually offer the late actor's digital likeness for a range of roles in movies, TV and video games.

The announcement caused a stir for many, including some visual effects artists who say they're reticent about reviving the dead.

Mark Roesler's company controls Dean's life rights.

He says he is heeding the wishes of relatives who want to keep Dean's memory alive.