Speculation over the true nature of James Dean's sexuality has, of course, been rampant among movie critics and fans for decades. But now, a new biopic aims to cast a different light on the private life of the iconic "Rebel Without a Cause" star.
Directed by Matthew Mishory (hailed by French magazine Les Inrocks as "a new hope of American indie cinema," according to IMDB), the upcoming "Joshua Tree, 1951: A Portait of James Dean" shows the actor (played by James Preston) making love to a male roommate (Dan Glenn) in a corridor, and in an intimate mountaintop embrace with yet another male character.
The film's website touts "Joshua Tree" as "redefining James Dean for a new generation." Eagle-eyed viewers will also spot "Queer as Folk" star Robert Gant, credited by IMDB as "the Famous Director," in the new clip.
Of course, the film is hardly the first such implication, with new reports of Dean's alleged trysts with fellow stars Rock Hudson, Clifton Webb, Bill Bast, and Jack Simmons emerging every few years or so.
Check out modern stars who've faced speculation about their sexuality below:
SUBSCRIBE AND FOLLOW
Get top stories and blog posts emailed to me each day. Newsletters may offer personalized content or advertisements.Learn more