Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Robert Mapplethorpe: Picture

EXCLUSIVE: Matt Smith, best known for playing Doctor Who in that iconic BBC series, is taking on another larger-than-life figure. He has landed the lead role as avant-garde photographer Robert Mapplethorpe in a biopic titled Mapplethorpe in the works from writer-director Ondi Timoner, the two-time Sundance-winning director whose 2015 pic Brand: A Second Coming opened SXSW last year. Girls regular Zosia Mamet has been cast to play Patti Smith, Mapplethorpe’s one-time lover and best friend.

Timoner, who won at Sundance for DIG in 2004 and We Live In Public in 2009, is also producing with Sirad Balducci and Eliza Dushku. The project has the backing of the Mapplethorpe Foundation, and a summer production start is in the works. CAA and UTA co-rep the project.



I know actors act and all that, but casting the sexless Matt Smith as The King Of The Pervs seems most incongruous.

Perhaps the film will change the leather clubs to tweed and corduroy clubs?

PS Presumably this will be based on Patti Smith's acclaimed memoir, Just Kids.

If it only deals with their relationship we could - hilariously - see Mapplethorpe de-gayed and heterosexualised.

PPS Fagburn is rather looking forward to seeing World Of Wonder's documentary, Mapplethorpe: Look At The Pictures!


  1. I've never heard of this fellow. But almost everything can be improved by adding tweed, and time lords. Intact I would watch time travelling tweedy types struggling eccentrically with being a perv over any amount of actual perviness.

  2. Sigh. No, you're right. Casting is terrible. Problem being I suppose there is just no-one else in the world like Patti Smith and any attempt is ridiculous and futile watered down pedestrian bonkfest for the masses. :P

    But from this site looks like Vivien Westwood still has the moves <3