They were “electric, eccentric, polar opposites” in 1980s New York: two of the greatest artists of the century who were brought together to stage an imaginary conversation in the smash hit Young Vic play The Collaboration, written by four-time Oscar nominee Anthony McCarten.

Now the drama about Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat is about to transfer to Broadway and has been adapted for a major feature film that begins shooting next month. Award-winning actors Paul Bettany and Jeremy Pope received rave reviews for their portrayals of the artists at the Young Vic. They will reprise those roles in forthcoming productions for both stage and screen, each directed by Kwame Kwei-Armah, artistic director of the Young Vic, who is making his feature film debut.

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