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Robert Pattinson’s Period Drama ‘Life’ Gets U.S. Release Date

Anton Corbijn directs the film about photographer Dennis Stock’s unlikely friendship with budding Hollywood star James Dean

Following its premiere at the Berlin Film Festival in February, “Life” will be released in select U.S. theaters and on Digital and Video on Demand on December 4, Cinedigm announced Tuesday.

Anton Corbijn directs “Life,” a film that tells the true story of the unlikely friendship between photographer Dennis Stock (Robert Pattinson) and James Dean (Dane DeHaan). Stock was 26 when he was commissioned to photograph Dean for LIFE Magazine in 1955. The assignment took the duo across America to Dean’s hometown of Indiana, where Stock snapped black-and-white photographs of Dean that would outlive his short life.

“I cannot wait for the story of Dennis Stock and James Dean, which is at the center of ‘Life,’ to come to the American audience, as it played a part in the permanent cultural changes of the last century within American society and beyond,” Corbijn said in a statement. “It was a tremendous experience to work with Rob and Dane in bringing this story to life — pun intended — and I’d like to thank Cinedigm for spreading the word and the visuals in the U.S.”

See-Saw Films and First Generation Films produced “Life,” which also stars Oscar winner Ben Kingsley and Alessandra Mastronardi (“To Rome With Love”). Luke Davies wrote “Life,” and it is co-produced by Wolfgang Mueller and Benito Mueller of Barry Films.

Dean lost his life behind the wheel of his Porsche 550 Spyder “Little Bastard” on Sept. 30, 1955.

He became the first actor to receive a posthumous Academy Award nomination for Best Actor.