Casting the Patti Smith bio-pic: A slideshow
Smith's hit memoir, Just Kids, is being adapted for the screen — and the quest is on to find an actress to portray the punk-rock pioneer
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Just Kids, Patti Smith's best-selling memoir about her days in the '60s and '70s living as a young artist in New York City alongside photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, is heading to the big screen. The book, which won the National Book Award for nonfiction in 2010, will be adapted by Smith and screenwriter John Logan — who wrote Hollywood hits like Gladiator and The Aviator, as well as the Tony Award-winning play Red about artist Mark Rothko. Which actress has what it takes to portray the punk rock poet, best known for her 1975 debut album Horses? Here are some buzzed-about contenders:



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