Paying a famous person on film is a big enough challenge as it is. But how about re-creating one of the most iconic photographs of that person? In the exclusive clip above from Life, Robert Pattinson—playing Life photographer Dennis Stock—trails James Dean (Dane DeHaan) to take what would be one of the defining images of the actor, his high collar protecting him from the splattering rain in Times Square.
Life comes from director Anton Corbijn (Control, A Most Wanted Man), documenting the time that Dean and Stock spent together, just before Dean became famous. In a statement, Corbijn called his work with Pattinson and DeHaan a “tremendous experience”:
“I cannot wait for the story of Dennis Stock and James Dean, which is at the center of LIFE, to come to an American audience, as it played a part in the permanent cultural changes of the last century within American society and beyond. It was a tremendous experience to work with Rob Pattinson and Dane DeHaan in bringing this story to life, no pun intended, and I’d like to thank Cinedigm for spreading the word, and the visuals.”
Life arrives in select U.S. theaters on December 4.