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Robert Pattinson, Dane DeHaan To Star In James Dean Story 'Life' For Anton Corbijn

by Drew Taylor
September 5, 2013 6:36 PM
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Anton Corbijn, Robert Pattinson and Dane DeHaan

The mystical allure of James Dean continues from beyond the grave: Robert Pattinson and Dane DeHaan have signed up to star in "Life," which The Hollywood Reporter says is "the true story about the friendship between James Dean and Life magazine photographer Dennis Stock." DeHaan will play Dean and Pattinson will play Stock (sorry ladies). Noted photographer and director Anton Corbijn, whose last movie was the sorely underrated George Clooney thriller "The American," will direct. The film is being shopped in Toronto.

The script, by Luke Davies, follows Stock as a young photographer who gets an assignment to shoot James Dean, then a rising star. The pair's life became intertwined personally and professionally and Stock would end up shooting some of the most iconic photos of Dean, shortly before "East of Eden" cemented his place as a Hollywood icon.

Iain Canning is producing alongside Emile Sherman. Pattinson has a number of exciting projects in the works, including David Cronenberg's new film "Maps to the Stars," as well as the post-apocalyptic western "The Rover" from "Animal Kingdom" director David Michod. DeHaan will be in Toronto to promote "The Devil's Knot," the dramatization of the West Memphis Three case from director Atom Egoyan, and can be seen next summer in some little art house movie "The Amazing Spider-Man 2." Corbijn's next feature, "A Most Wanted Man," based on the John le Carre novel and starring Rachel McAdams and Robin Wright, opens in the UK on November 22nd (no domestic release date has been set).

Considering Corbijn got his start as a rock'n'roll photographer, capturing glamorous and gorgeous larger-than-life figures, this should be the perfect material for him.

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  • Harper | September 8, 2013 12:48 AMReply

    Inspired casting, Dane is perfect for James Dean and Pattinson will be very good as a photographer, he's artistic in so many ways. This will be a nice stretch for him, and the whole production sounds first class all the way.

  • Donald | September 7, 2013 2:59 AMReply

    Bad casting. Pattinson as Dean would have been more daring.

  • josh | September 6, 2013 3:55 PMReply

    kind of weird DeHaan playing Harry Osborn and James Dean when James Franco played them both as well.

  • BPositive | September 6, 2013 11:53 AMReply

    Terrific roles for Dane as James Dean and Rob as the lead, playing the iconic photographer Dennis Stock .
    Produced by the team behind Shame and the King's Speech, this film sounds like a winner.

  • Dianne | September 6, 2013 10:43 AMReply

    This looks like the perfect type of project for Anton Corbijn. Excellent casting, if a bit unexpected. I'll be interested to see how this one turns out.

  • McRaj | September 5, 2013 9:00 PMReply

    It's pretty much accepted that DeHaan is going to be an unstoppable force over the next decade or so right? Lerman is the only other young actor in his league at the moment.

  • Jim | September 5, 2013 8:41 PMReply

    Is this about the porn star?

  • George | September 5, 2013 7:00 PMReply

    Interesting project and nice casting. Looking forward to this one.

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