Former Doctor Who actor Matt Smith has just been tapped to play Robert Mapplethorpe in a forthcoming biopic -- alongside Girls' Zosia Mamet as former lover/frequent collaborator Patti Smith, no less.

Directed by Ondi Timoner, Mapplethorpe is set to tell the story of the legendary photographer who made his name by creating large-scale, avant-garde photographs of transgressive subjects, and will apparently touch on everything from his childhood to his controversial career to his battle with AIDS.

"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 said. "They will bring indelible passion, raw humanity, and authenticity to this timeless, inspiring story."

Production is set to start this summer.

[h/t Deadline]

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