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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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