Aug 23, 2011 12:00AM

Patti Smith's Memoir Heads to the Big Screen

Just Kids to get the feature film treatment - here are our casting suggestions.

Approximately how long does it take to turn a book into a movie? Apparently this is what is happening to Patti Smith's memoir Just Kids, chronicling her ambisexual relationship with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, and to say we're excited would be a ridiculous understatement. Just Kids is a beautifully-written memoir - it won Smith a National Book Award to sit alongside her punk-rock crown and her Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction - and has all the potential to be an equally provocative film. Smith is writing the screenplay with Tony- and Oscar-winning screenwriter John Logan of Any Given Sunday/Rango fame, which is more evidence that it's going to be awesome. Even more evidence is that it will feature scenes of New York in the sixties and seventies, before mass gentrification turned St Marks Place into a two-block-long sunglasses stand.

Patti Smith isn't one to shy away from screen roles, but we doubt she'll be playing her 40-years-younger self in the film version of her memoir. So who will? And who will play Robert Mapplethorpe, Andy Warhol and Bob Dylan? Will James Franco be in it? Will Kristen Stewart and her overactive lips be in it? (please no). Here are some things that we're hoping will happen:

Frances Bean Cobain and James Franco

OK, so, she's not an actress, but she definitely has rock star blood. Patti Smith was a huge fan of Kurt Cobain, and wrote 'About a Boy' in remembrance of him. And while Cobain and Franco seem an odd match, he's probably the only person who could possibly attract an equal amount of attention, because - in case you hadn't noticed - Frances Bean is a babe. Plus, Franco apparently likes that people think he's gay, and he also likes to take photographs. So, this would be the film role equivalent of killing two birds with one stone.

Daisy Lowe and Matt Smith

The obvious - she has dark hair and he might, possibly, be related to Patti. Well, not really, but there also similarities that don't relate to hair colour or common surnames. Matt Smith has spent the last few years dodging gay rumours after he had to kiss a (very stubbly) man in the BBC series Christopher and His Kind, and Daisy Lowe isn't afraid to court a little controversy.

Cate Blanchett and Cate Blanchett

Chameleon Cate would be perfect for the role(s), plus she's already got the costume for Bob Dylan. Maybe she can play Warhol too!

Words: Hannah Ongley

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