The brains behind a controversial new film featuring a computer-generated version of movie icon James Dean originally wanted to bring Elvis Presley back from the dead.
Filmmakers Anton Ernst and Tati Golykh originally had Presley in mind for the role of a U.S. Army unit leader in Vietnam era action-drama Finding Jack but the rocker’s estate officials turned down their pitch.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Ernst and Golykh also looked into casting a “young Paul Newman” for the lead role, but settled with East of Eden star James Dean, who died in 1955.
Ernst is now on the hunt for his late leading man’s co-star, adding, “You’re going to need someone with big balls.”
Ironically, Chris Evans was among the actors considered for the role of sidekick to Dean’s character, but he doesn’t even like the idea of a CGI James Dean.
The Captain America star has branded plans to resurrect Dean for the film “shameful.”
“This is awful,” he said. “Maybe we can get a computer to paint us a new Picasso. Or write a couple new John Lennon tunes. The complete lack of understanding here is shameful.”
And Canadian actor Devon Sawa, who actually auditioned for a different role in Finding Jack, added: “They couldn’t give this role to an actual human?”