Zosia Mamet (Shoshanna from Girls) has been cast as Patti Smith in Mapplethorpe, an upcoming biopic about the photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, according to Deadline. Dr. Who‘s Matt Smith will portray the title role. The movie will be written and directed by Ondi Timoner (Dig!) and is backed by the Mapplethorpe Foundation, a non-profit organization that represents Mapplethorpe’s work. Filming will begin this summer.
Smith and Mapplethorpe were friends and roommates for many years, with the relationship occasionally becoming romantic and frequently collaborative. Smith chronicled their time together in the 2010 memoir Just Kids, which is currently being adapted into a Showtime series, co-written by Smith.