Wolfe Releasing has acquired the rights to A Portrait of James Dean: Joshua Tree, 1951, the biopic about the iconic Hollywood actor written and directed by Matthew Mishory.
Filmed on 35mm and shot in black and white with occasional scenes in colour, the film focuses on Dean’s life on the cusp of achieving fame as an actor and icon.
The film has caused some controversy stateside for including scenes that depict the actor having sexual encounters with a series of men.
Although Dean denied he was gay in his official biography, Rebel Without a Cause director Nicholas Ray claimed he was a homosexual, which was at the time classified as a mental disorder by the US government
The film stars The Gates‘ James Preston as James Dean, with Pushing Daisies star Dan Glenn, newcomer Dalilah Rain, Edward Singletary, Jr., Robert Gant and Erin Daniels co-starring.
Wolfe President Maria Lynn said in a statement.“I was blown away when I first saw this gorgeous period piece about James Dean.
“Generations of audiences have been fascinated by the legendary actor, and Matthew Mishory and his talented cast bring the star vividly to life. We know our audience will whole-heartedly embrace this stunning film.”
The film was produced by Iconoclastic Features, in association with Jay-X Entertainmentand MGDB Productions France. It gained a official selection at the Seattle International Film Festival, the Transylvania International Film Festival, the Rio International Film Festival and Outfest, Los Angeles’ Gay and Lesbian Film Festival.
The film will be released theatrically by Wolfe in June 2013.