Robert Pattinson is starting to live "Life."

The "Twilight" star has begun production on the period drama "Life" from director Anton Corbijn ("A Most Wanted Man").  

Set in 1955, the true story centers on Magnum photographer Dennis Stock (Pattinson) as he is commissioned by Life magazine to photograph rising star James Dean ("Amazing Spider-Man 2's" Dane DeHaan). The resultant road trip affects both men's careers and leaves behind a legacy of some of the most iconic images of the era. Dean was killed in a car crash just a few months later, at age 24. 

"Life"  also stars Alessandra Mastronardi ("To Rome with Love") and Oscar winner Ben Kingsley (recently seen in "Iron Man 3").
 
Based on a script by Luke Davies ("Candy"), "Life" is produced by See-Saw Films’ Iain Canning and Emile Sherman ("Shame,") with Christina Piovesan of First Generation Films ("Red Lights") and is co-produced by Wolfgang Mueller and Benito Mueller of Barry Films. 

"Life" will be filmed on location in Toronto and Los Angeles.

Pattinson has a busy year ahead. He will soon be seen in the Aussie thriller "The Rover," David Cronenberg's "Map to the Stars" and, as T.E. Lawrence in Werner Herzog's "Queen of the Desert."