Matt Smith from Dr. Who will play American Artist Robert Mapplethrope in a new biopic that will be directed by Ondi Timoner who is most famous for her documentaries. According to Deadline, the film will focus on the Mapplethrope’s life in New York showing his relationship with singer Patti Smith (a time that Smith documented in the book Just Kids). Girls star Zosia Mamet has been cast as struggling artist Smith who lives with a budding Mapplethrope. Fortunately, the film, which has been in development for some time, received the blessing of the Mapplethorpe Foundation.
After several years of developing this script and searching across the globe for the perfect talent to embody the rich and layered roles of visionary artists Robert Mapplethorpe and Patti Smith, I am ecstatic to have found Matt Smith and Zosia Mamet. They will bring indelible passion, raw humanity, and authenticity to this timeless, inspiring story.