August 14, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Robert Pattinson continues to distance himself from the teenage dreamboat Edward Cullen, with Variety now reporting the “Twilight” heartthrob has joined Naomi Watts in Werner Herzog’s indie drama “Queen of the Desert”, in which he’ll play a young Lawrence of Arabia.
Watts stars as writer Gertrude Bell in the flick that chronicles “Bell’s life as a writer, archaeologist, explorer, cartographer and political attache for the British Empire. One of the first women to graduate from Oxford at the turn of the 20th century, she traveled through the Middle East, defining the borders of Iraq, Jordan and Saudi Arabia.” Pattinson’s supporting role will be that of T.E. Lawrence, a British army officer whose brilliant writing of his experiences in WWI, particularly in his best known “Seven Pillars of Wonder”, earned him international acclaim as Lawrence of Arabia and became the subject of the iconic 1962 film starring Peter O’Toole. Lawrence and Bell were good friends and helped establish the Hashemite dynasties in Jordan and Iraq in the 1910s. Filming is scheduled for late fall.
Pattinson is currently making the promo rounds gearing up for the US release of David Cronenberg’s Cannes premiere “Cosmopolis”, while his final appearance as Edward Cullen in “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part II” will roll out in November. After the Herzog film Pattinson is scheduled to head to Australia for David Michod’s futuristic thriller “The Rover” opposite Guy Pearce, and he’s also attached to Iraq War thriller “Mission: Blacklist”, about the hunt for Saddam Hussein.
May 3, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Big news day for Robert Pattinson fans! He’s got a new movie, North American distribution for “Cosmopolis”, and now he can add perhaps his most interesting role choice to date to that list. Variety reports Pattinson is in negotiations to join Guy Pearce in “Animal Kingdom” director David Michod’s “The Rover.”
Michod directed 2010′s Australian feature “Animal Kingdom” to international acclaim, and has reunited with star Pearce on a film about a man who pursues a group of thieves through the Australian outback after they steal something valuable from his car. Pearce plays the man, while Pattinson would play one of the thieves. Filming is scheduled to begin this fall in Australia. Michod also wrote the script based on an idea he conceived with “Animal Kingdom” star Joel Edgerton.
Pattinson recently wrapped up the final “Twilight” installment “Breaking Dawn: Part II”, which will be released this November, and is headed to Cannes later this month for his starring role in David Cronenberg’s “Cosmopolis.” He was just recently confirmed to be starring in Iraq War drama “Mission: Blacklist” about the intelligence team that hunted down Saddam Hussein.
May 3, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Forget Osama Bin Laden, Robert Pattinson is going old school. While plenty of filmmakers (including Kathryn Bigelow and Peter Berg) are racing to bring a dramatization of Navy SEALs hunting down the Al Qaeda leader to the big screen, Pattinson is going in a different direction and has committed to playing the man who spearheaded the capture of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein. In “Mission: Blacklist”, based on the novel by Eric Maddox.
Pattinson is attached to star in the film that will be out to buyers at Cannes, with Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire attached to direct from a script by Erik Jendresen. Pattinson will play Maddox, who accounted his own experience of being deployed to Iraq in the summer of 2003 to track down leads that can lead the US military to raids on High Value Targets within the Iraqi insurgency. Five months later, Saddam Hussein himself was in custody. “This movie is a gripping, edge of your seat thriller,” says producer Ross M. Dinerstein. “I have been inspired by Robert and Jean-Stéphane’s dedication to tell this story in the most authentic way possible, and I’m thrilled to add Hugo and Tim to our team.”
Pattinson set teenage girls’ hearts all aflutter after originating the role of Edward Cullen in the “Twilight” saga back in 2008, and has been doing his damnedest to get away from that teen idol reputation with his roles since. The final installment in the vampire trilogy will be released this November in “Breaking Dawn: Part II” and Pattinson is headed to Cannes later this month to premiere one of those anti-”Twilight” films, David Cronenberg’s “Cosomopolis.”
April 18, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
We’ve probably all known this for quite a while, but the first full length trailer for David Cronenberg’s trippy adaptation of Don DeLillo novel “Cosmopolis” makes it official. “Twilight” heartthrob Robert Pattinson is heading to the Cannes Film Festival for the very first time as he stars as Eric Packer, a billionaire playboy whose quest to get a haircut is ran wildly off-course by mysterious assassins, sexual partners (none of which are his wife, played by Sarah Gadon), giant rats and several apparent suicide attempts. You know, the usual Manhattan rush hour traffic.
The trailer comes just hours before the official announcement of the final Cannes lineup will be announced by Thierry Frémaux, the Festival’s General Delegate. We already know Wes Anderson’s latest offering, “Moonrise Kingdom”, will open the festival, and it was also recently revealed that the late French director Claude Miller’s final film, “Therese D” starring Audrey Toutou, will close it.
Other strong Cannes contenders include Walter Salles’ “On the Road”, starring Pattinson’s “Twilight” paramour Kristen Stewart, and Lee Daniels’ “The Paperboy” starring Zac Efron. Looks like Cannes will really be drawing in the interest of that coveted youth demographic this year.
Watch the new “Cosmopolis” trailer below and check back soon for the full Cannes lineup.
March 22, 2012 | Posted by Rebecca Lewis
The first teaser trailer for David Cronenberg‘s adaptation of Don Delillo’s “Cosmopolis” has been released today and there’s kink, crime and nudity; it would seem that Robert Pattinson sure is trying to break away from Edward Cullen.
As the British actor looks to shed his Twilight image, and the famed director aims to gain back some of the critical acclaim that rumours would suggest he has recently lost, we see Pattinson’s Eric Packer shoot himself in the hand, have sex in a limosine and ask us darkly to “show me something I don’t know”.
Actually, it looks like Pattinson is showing us something we don’t know.
“Cosmopolis” is rumoured to premiere at this year’s Cannes Film Festival and also stars Sarah Gadon, Samantha Morton and Jay Baruchel. See the first teaser below.