Congratulations to actress/model/trans activist Hari Neff for landing a role in the upcoming Robert Mapplethorpe biopic. The film, directed by Ondi Timoner, looks at the life of the photographer from his rise to fame in the 1970s to his untimely death in 1989. Hari will play Warhol socialite Tinkerbelle. (There’s a fascinating rundown of Tink’s life and unfortunate death here. And you can see that she actually had a more-than-slight resemblance to Hari).
In addition to Neff, the film stars Dr Who‘s Matt Smith as Mapplethorpe, and Imposters actress Marianne Rendón as Mapplethorpe’s bestie Patti Smith (who is pointedly NOT on board with the project, as she has her OWN Mapplethorpe project in the works, based on her award-winning autobiography Just Kids.)
The movie, though, has the blessing of the Mapplethorpe Foundations, with its president saying,
“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.”
Of course if YOU can’t wait, there’s always the WOW/HBO documentary Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures to hold you over until this is released! (You can get it on iTunes here)