Matt Smith has been tapped to play the role of legendary photographer Robert Mapplethorpe in the Ondi Timoner-directed biopic MAPPLETHORPE. Joining Smith is Zosia Mamet, who will portray Mapplethorpe’s best friend and former lover Patti Smith.
The film will be produced by Timoner along with Sirad Balducci and Eliza Dushku. The project is backed by the Mapplethorpe Foundation and will be co-represented by CAA and UTA. Production is expected to start this summer.
Mapplethorpe rose to fame for his avant-garde photography. He died in 1989 at the age of 42 from AIDS. His life is the subject of the HBO documentary Mapplethorpe: Look At The Pictures, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.
Smith is best known for playing Doctor Who in the wildly popular BBC series. He can be seen in the forthcoming Pride and Prejudice and Zombies with Lily James. He is currently filming The Crown on Netflix, where he plays Prince Philip opposite Claire Foy’s Queen Elizabeth. He can also be seen in the horror Patient Zero later this year with Natalie Dormer and Stanley Tucci.
Starting on February 21, Mamet can be seen in the fifth and final season of Girls on HBO. She also stars in Todd Solondz’s film, Weiner-Dog, which premiered at Sundance.
Smith and Mamet are repped by UTA.
Dino-Ray Ramos | Staff Writer