Entertainment Weekly posted the first still wider and without the “first look” tag. They also expanded their write up in the online edition:
It’s 1955 and Life magazine photographer Dennis Stock has convinced a young James Dean to take a road trip from Los Angeles to New York to Dean’s hometown of Fairmont, Indiana, so Stock can photograph Dean in the environments that “affected and shaped the unique character” of Dean, the photographer said in an interview describing their adventure.
However, that fateful trip, where Stock shot Dean’s famous Times Square photo, is the subject of a new film directed by Dutch director Anton Corbijn. Starring Dane DeHaan as Dean and Robert Pattinson as Stock, the film, called Life, is currently shooting in freezing Ontario, Canada, which is doubling for Indiana.
In the shot, the two young actors are heading from the train station to Dean’s childhood home. Corbijn is happy with the film’s progress thus far. When we spoke to the director he had been shooting for eight days and was already pleased with the connections formed between the two men.
More importantly, they’ve each sparked to their disparate roles.
“Rob has an intensity that I think Dennis would have. When I see Rob, I see an inner turmoil that is great for the role,” he said. “And Dane is really interesting. He has a beautiful face, but it’s a hard face to grasp. It’s hard to see how Dane reads sometimes, and the same thing goes for James Dean.”
Here are a few excerpts from media outlets already reporting on the first still from Life!
Here’s some good news. While Anton Corbijn has generally taken his time between films—three years passed between “Control” and “The American,” and it was four more until the forthcoming “A Most Wanted Man”—the filmmaker is already onto his next gig, currently in the midst of production in Canada on “Life” starring Robert Pattinson and Dane DeHaan. And yes, that’s the first look at the pair above.
No release dates yet for this one, but one wonders if the quickly moving Corbijn could have it done in time for the fall festival circuit.
It’s tough to judge how much DeHaan embodies the role of Dean based on this one slightly obstructed image, but the pieces are all in place for a fascinating drama that provides an interesting point of view on Dean’s life.
The photo just shows two dudes in a car, but man are those dudes handsome.
Here’s a HQ version of the shot we still earlier. Click the image to grab the HQ
And a cropped version