Robert Pattinson is still looking for a wife. First it was Marion Cotillard, then Keira Knightley attached to play the young, mysterious wife to his Eric Packer in David Cronenberg’s “Cosmopolis”. Now Knightley’s involvement is back in question as Alfama Films website has removed her name from the film’s page, after an internet firestorm was set off proclaiming she was on board based solely on their inclusion of her name in the first place. Truthfully, though Pattinson would be lucky to work with such great talents as Cotillard and Knightley – and who knows, Knightley might still sign on after all – they always seemed a little out of the league of “Cosmopolis”, which would cast them in the supporting role of a mysterious wife. Cotillard, 35, had been attached since the days when Colin Farrell was set to play the lead role of Eric Packer, which would have been a much more age-appropriate coupling.
In Knightley’s favor is that she has worked with Cronenberg before, on “A Dangerous Method”, is a much more fitting 25, and certainly looks more like the character Elise Shifrin as described in the book, an heiress to a bank fortune and poet, “in her mid-twenties, with an etched delicacy of feature and large and artless eyes”, who seems to disappear into thin air and who Eric often has a hard time recognizing at their various run-ins. However, should her involvement with the film fall through, here are a few young actresses we think could jump into the role, and truthfully, who would have a lot more to gain from doing this film than the much more established Knightley would.
This Aussie is not just ethereally beautiful, but is quite a talented actress to boot, earning raves for all her projects from Australian indie “Somersault”, “Elizabeth: The Golden Age” to 2009’s “Bright Star”, her most renowned role to date, in which she portrayed Fanny Brawne, the lover of poet John Keats. She’ll next be seen scantily clad and kicking ass in “Sucker Punch” and bringing another historical figure to life, as Wally Winthrop in “W.E”. With her delicate features and ability to transition smoothly between modern and period dramas, she has all the ingredients to bring Elise’s refined, mysterious presence to life.
Delicate features and large eyes? Check and check. Another Aussie, Heathcote is still an unknown stateside, but is racking up role after role, making good use of her winnings from the AFI Heath Ledger Scholarship, awarded to her in 2010 for the purpose of moving to LA and pursuing a career in Hollywood. Starring opposite Pattinson and for director Cronenberg would be a great solid step forward for this up and comer, and would add to her already impressive upcoming slate of films: from Andrew Niccol’s “Now” to “Cogan’s Trade” with Brad Pitt and maybe even that other delicate beauty, Snow White.
This delicate French flower has already worked with Pattinson before, in “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire”. Everything about her, from her looks to her voice, is light and airy and it would be easy to see her almost disappear into thin air in front of Packer’s eyes. She has starred opposite Colin Farrell in “In Bruges” and continues to portray Fleur Delacour in the “Harry Potter” series and was most recently seen as James Franco’s one-that-got-away in the Oscar favorite “127 Hours”. She’s now in the running to play an ancient Greek princess in “Wrath of the Titans”.