Patti Smith in the Mid-1970s (Jorgen Angel/Redferns)Zosia Mamet, best known for her role as Shoshanna Shapiro in the HBO comedy series Girls, has been cast as Patti Smith in an upcoming biographical film about late photographer Robert Mapplethorpe. Deadline reports that the biopic, titled simply Mapplethorpe, will feature Doctor Who star Matt Smith in the title role, and is the latest project from writer-director Ondi Timoner, whose resume includes the award-winning flicks DIG! and We Live in Public.

The movie, which is expected to begin filming this summer, has the support of the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation.

“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,” Timoner says in a statement. “They will bring indelible passion, raw humanity and authenticity to this timeless, inspiring story.”

Mapplethorpe was Patti Smith’s one-time lover, artistic collaborator and longtime roommate, who became famous for his controversial erotic photos. He died of AIDS in 1989 at the age of 42. Smith’s acclaimed 2010 memoir Just Kids documented her relationship with Mapplethorpe.

In other news, a new documentary about the photographer, Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures, got its premiere this past Friday at the Sundance Film Festival and will be shown on HBO in April.

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