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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.
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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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