When Dane DeHaan was cast as James Dean in Life, it seemed like a good fit, as the actor has more than a whiff of the 50s icon about him. Now we get our first look at him in the role, via EW, opposite Robert Pattinson as Life magazine photographer Dennis Stock.
The first pics features Dean and Stock traveling from the train station to Dean’s childhood home in Indiana.
The movie is a biopic about Dean and the friendship he formed with Life magazine photographer Dennis Stock (Pattinson). Stock was an up-and-coming photographer who took a gig in the early 1950s with the Magnum agency to shoot an emerging actor called James Dean.
The two men soon connected, with their friendship being charted through the iconic photos taken over the course of their friendship, which included a road trip from Los Angeles to New York and Indiana. This trip occurred just before Dean became a star. A few months later, he died in a fatal car accident.
It’s not known if the film will suggest Dean was bisexual (as many believe he was).
Anton Corbijn is directing the movie from a script by Luke Davies. The director comments ‘Rob has an intensity that I think Dennis would have. When I see Rob, I see an inner turmoil that is great for the role. And Dane is really interesting. He has a beautiful face, but it’s a hard face to grasp. It’s hard to see how Dane reads sometimes, and the same thing goes for James Dean.’
It’s currently unclear when we’ll get to see the movie.