The film, directed by Ondi Timoner, is reported to star Brit actor Matt Smith, who is best known as the eleventh actor to play the Doctor in the Doctor Who television series. Mapplethorpe's close friend Patti Smith will be played by Zosia Mamet, playwright David Mamet's daughter, who is most recognised for her role as Shoshanna Shapiro in Lena Dunham's HBO original series Girls.

Matt Smith Image via Buzzfeed Matt Smith
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Zosia Mamet Image via Telegraph Zosia Mamet
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New York City, 1969. Patti Smith and Robert Mapplethorpe, photographed by Norman Seeff Image via panorama.it New York City, 1969. Patti Smith and Robert Mapplethorpe, photographed by Norman Seeff
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Also this year, Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures is set to air in April 2016 in the US, more than 25 years since the photographer died. The project has the support of The Mapplethorpe Foundation and features never-before-seen photographs and footage of Patti Smith, Mary Boone, Fran Lebowitz, Bob Colacello and Debbie Harry.

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