Matt Smith (Doctor Who) will star as Mapplethorpe, who had a close relationship with Smith before he died of AIDS in the 1989 age 42.

The film, titled Mapplethorpe, is written and directed by the double Sundance winner Ondi Timoner, and "has the backing of the Mapplethorpe Foundation." It's being produced with Timoner, Sirad Balducci, and Eliza Dushku.

Timoner says of the project: “After several years of developing this script and searching across the globe for the perfect talent to embody the rich and layered roles of visionary artists Robert Mapplethorpe and Patti Smith, I am ecstatic to have found Matt Smith and Zosia Mamet. They will bring indelible passion, raw humanity, and authenticity to this timeless, inspiring story.”

 

[via Deadline]