The gorgeous Robert Pattinson has just been confirmed for a new James Dean biopic – but surprisingly the actor won’t be taking on the role of the iconic heartthrob. Rob is set to play James Dean’s photographer, Dennis Stork, and will star alongside Dane DeHaan, who made his breakthrough in the found-footage sci-fi thriller Chronicle.
The Anton Corbijn-directed flick will document the real-life friendship between James and Dennis, following the duo’s journey as they embark on a road trip from LA to Indiana via New York. Dennis was behind some of the most iconic images of the famously troubled actor, who died in a car crash at the age of 24 just as his big screen career was taking off.
Twilight star Rob recently told press that he too is familiar with the perils of fame: "It's strange, you don't have a normal life anymore. You spend much time trying to fight it, but in the end you find another way to live… People don't realise how lonely you are. In any case, I feel fortunate because success didn't reach me very young, at least, I had the opportunity to have a life before."
News of Rob’s new role follows the recent revelation that he is not to play Christian Grey in the highly anticipated Fifty Shades of Grey - with the lead going instead to Charlie Johnson. But with a newly released Dior Homme campaign and a steamy role in Maps to the Stars on the horizon, we reckon this young star has got plenty to be getting on with. JS