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Corbijn's 'Life' Starts Filming with Pattinson and DeHaan

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood February 19, 2014 at 12:24PM

Principal photography has begun on Anton Corbijn's "Life," an American road movie which stars Robert Pattinson as Life Magazine photographer Dennis Stock and Dane DeHaan as free spirit James Dean. The film about their iconic 1955 photo shoot and friendship will be shot in in Los Angeles and Toronto.
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Robert Pattinson
Robert Pattinson

Principal photography has begun on Anton Corbijn's "Life," an American road movie which stars Robert Pattinson as Life Magazine photographer Dennis Stock and Dane DeHaan as free spirit James Dean. The film about their iconic 1955 photo shoot and friendship will be shot in in Los Angeles and Toronto. Alessandra Mastronardi and Ben Kingsley also star. 

Corbijn debuted his latest film "A Most Wanted Man," starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, in Sundance. Other films include "The American," and "Control." Pattinson starred in the "Twilight" series and "Cosmopolis," and will next be seen in "The Rover." DeHaan has broken out in the last year in "Kill Your Darlings" and "The Place Beyond the Pines." 

Produced by See-Saw Films' Iain Canning and Emile Sherman ("Shame") with Christina Piovesan of First Generation Films ("The Whistleblower") and co-produced by Wolfgang Mueller and Benito Mueller of Barry Films, "Life" is written by Luke Davies ("Candy"). Alessandra Mastronardi starred in "To Rome with Love" and "Romeo and Juliet" while Sir Ben Kingsley has been seen most recently in "Selfless," "Iron Man 3" and "Hugo."

 The creative team includes director of photography Charlotte Bruus Christensen ("The Hunt," "Far from the Madding Crowd"), production designer Anastasia Masaro ("The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus"), costume designer Gersha Phillips ("House of Cards") and editor Nick Fenton ("The Selfish Giant," "The Double").

The film is financed by Corner Piece Capital, LLC,Telefilm Canada, Film4, Screen Australia, Michel Merkt and Union Bank, N.A. FilmNation Entertainment is handling international sales.

This article is related to: Anton Corbijn, Rob Pattinson, Dane DeHaan


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.