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

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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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The film documentary, Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures is set to air in America this April, more than 25 years since the photographer's death. 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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