Hari Nef is the latest addition to the upcoming Mapplethorpe biopic, a new Instagram post reveals. Nef, whose previous acting work includes a featured role on the Emmy-winning Transparent, and who this year filmed Assassination Nation alongside Suki Waterhouse and Abra, announced her casting online, saying she's "quite proud and excited" to join the project:
The film will be directed by Ondi Timoner, who received the Mapplethorpe Foundation's blessing on the project before beginning production. Michael Ward Stout, president of the group, said to IndieWire, "The Mapplethorpe Foundation was impressed by Ondi Timoner’s vision for the project and her strengths as an artist. We’re very pleased she has chosen to tell Robert’s story."
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Patti Smith, however, has not lent her support to the film, declining to comment on its production or involve herself in any way. Smith was Robert's best friend, muse, and occasional lover, documenting their years together in her National Book Award-winning memoir Just Kids.
Smith will be played in the film by Imposters actress Marianne Rendón, after Zosia Mamet—Shosh on Girls—dropped out due to a scheduling conflict. Mapplethorpe himself will be played by Matt Smith, most notable known for his appearances in Doctor Who.
Nef's role is currently a mystery, though with the circle of friends Mapplethorpe and Smith ran in, she could be playing anyone—who's Tinkerbelle?