Robert Will Play Dennis Stock in "Life"
Robert Pattinson will star as Magnum photographer Dennis Stock and Dane DeHaan will play James Dean in Anton Corbijn’s Life. FilmNation handles international sales and will introduce the script to buyers in Toronto.
See-Saw Films’ Iain Canning and Emile Sherman produce with Christina Piovesan of First Generation Films, marking a post-The King’s Speech reunion between See-Saw and FilmNation. CAA and FilmNation jointly rep US rights.
Screen Australia and Film4 developed the project and are likely to be finance partners on Life, which chronicles the friendship that ensued when the straight-laced Stock embarked on a road trip with Dean in 1955 for a Life magazine commission. Luke Davies wrote the screenplay.
Filming is scheduled to commence production in February 2014 on location in Canada.
''As an internationally celebrated photographer, Anton Corbijn is the perfect filmmaker to direct Life,'' said Canning and Sherman. ''Finding the right actor to play James Dean was a big responsibility, but Dane’s body of work has proved what a chameleon he is and what he will contribute to the role.
''Casting Robert Pattinson and Dane DeHaan brings together two of the most exciting young actors of their generation.''
''We were fortunate to work with Anton on A Most Wanted Man and are thrilled to be a part of his next film,'' said FilmNation CEO Glen Basner. ''His incredible talent combined with the chemistry between Dane and Robert will bring to life the fascinating story of the fast friendship formed at a very pivotal time in Dean’s life.
''The project also marks our re-teaming with See-Saw Films whose impressive track record continuously keeps them a top-player in international film production.''
Pattinson will next be see in David Michôd’s The Rover and starred in David Cronenberg’s Cosmopolis as well as the Twilight franchise. He recently wrapped on Cronenberg’s Maps To The Stars .
DeHaan broke out in the sci-fi hit Chronicle and also stars in Toronto entries Devil’s Knot, Metallica Through The Never and Kill Your Darlings. His credits include The Place Beyond The Pines.
With acquisition from Lionsgate and no 2013 release in sight, Anton Corbijn‘s Rachel McAdams- and Philip Seymour Hoffman-led John le Carré drama, A Most Wanted Man, looks to be getting delayed until next year, but in the meantime the talented Control director has settled on his next project. What’s more, his leading duo has been found.
First revealed earlier this summer, Life is a period piece whose drama is deeply rooted in the intertwining worlds of fame and photography, something the helmer is remarkably familiar with. As scripted by Luke Davies, its action centers on the relationship between James Dean and Life Magazine‘s Dennis Stock, the latter of whom had been tasked with capturing the up-and-coming actor less than a year before his rise to stardom and tragic death.
We’ve now got news from Screen Daily on who will take the parts, Robert Pattinson having signed on for Stock and Dane DeHaan stepping into the iconic shoes of Dean. Production is already set for this February in Canada, where we will follow the duo on a road trip. This is another addition to Pattinson’s promising slate of upcoming films, with David Michôd’s The Rover and David Cronenberg‘s Maps to the Stars, while DeHaan will be seen in Kill Your Darlings and Metallica Through the Never this fall, ahead of his major turn in The Amazing Spider-Man 2.
TORONTO – Robert Pattinson and Dane DeHaan are teaming up to star in Life, the true story about the friendship between James Dean and Life magazine photographer Dennis Stock.
DeHaan will bring Dean to life while Pattinson will portray Stock in the movie being directed by Anton Corbijn.
Iain Canning and Emile Sherman -- the producing team behind the Oscar-winning drama The King's Speech and the acclaimed Michael Fassbender drama Shame -- are producing Life via their See Saw Films. Glen Basner's FilmNation will launch the project to foreign buyers at the Toronto Film Festival.
Stock was a young photographer working for the Magnum agency when he received an assignment that changed his life: to shoot a free-spirited actor named James Dean.
The gig became a personal journey for both as they traveled from L.A. to New York to Indiana. During the trip, Stock captured now-iconic images of the actor before he was launched to stardom with East of Eden (1955).
The movie, with a script by Luke Davies and a budget in the $10 million to $15 million range, is eyeing a shoot in early 2014.
Pattinson (WME, 3 Arts Entertainment, Sloane Offer) recently wrapped David Cronenberg's Maps to the Stars as well as The Rover, a futuristic thriller that also stars Guy Pearce.
DeHaan’s career has exploded since his breakthrough in the found-footage sci-fi movie Chronicle. He has The Devil’s Knot, directed by Atom Egoyan, premiering in Toronto, and will also appear as Harry Osborn in The Amazing Spider-Man 2.
DeHaan is repped by CAA and The Schiff Co.
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