British stage and display actor Ben Whishaw has been tapped to play the late photographer Peter Hujar in a film directed by American auteur Ira Sachs, Deadline reported.
Hujar, who died of Aids-related problems in 1987, was a number one determine in Downtown Manhattan’s arts scene, and was greatest recognized for his tender, candid portraits of the town’s cultural vanguard within the Nineteen Sixties and 70s. His monochrome pictures of Fran Lebowitz, Susan Sontag and Vince Aletti are a few of the most enduring photographs of the period.
Regardless of receiving solely marginal public recognition throughout his lifetime, Hujar is now lauded as a serious inventive pressure of the twentieth century, one whose relationships with Robert Mapplethorpe, Andy Warhol, and David Wojnarowicz additional solidified his place within the period’s canon. His work is held in institutional collections all around the world, together with the Artwork Institute of Chicago, the Tate Fashionable in London and the Morgan Library & Museum in New York.
Whishaw just lately collaborated with Sachs on the movie Passages, which has garnered important awards buzz in the course of the present cycle. The actor could also be greatest recognized for his portrayal of Q in the latest James Bond films and has received quite a few Bafta, Golden Globe and Emmy awards for his tv and movie roles.
In a dialog with Deadline, Whishaw described the upcoming, untitled Hujar film as a “a really small, very intimate little movie” that may start manufacturing after he finishes manufacturing on the Netflix six-part thriller, Black Dove. He’ll star reverse Stella Schnabel (daughter of Julian Schnabel), although who she’s going to play has not been revealed.