Matt Smith and Zosia Mamet Will Play Artist-Lovers Robert Mapplethorpe and Patti Smith

Zosia Mamet and Matt Smith. Photo: Getty Images

Writer-director Ondi Timoner has cast her principals for her upcoming biopic on the queer photographer Robert Mapplethorpe. Deadline reports that Mapplethorpe will star erstwhile Eleventh Doctor Matt Smith as the titular artist and Girls' Zosia Mamet as his former lover and BFF Patti Smith. Production starts in the summer and has the backing of the Mapplethorpe Foundation. The biopic is one of three projects on the photographer about to hit your screens: An HBO documentary on the photographer, Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures, premiered at Sundance, and Showtime is adapting Smith's memoir Just Kids, when tells the story of the duo's days as a couple of broke 20-somethings living in the Chelsea Hotel in New York.