Thursday, January 6, 2011

Robert Pattinson To Star In David Cronenberg's 'Cosmopolis'

Robert Pattinson's time playing brooding vampire Edward Cullen is drawing to a close -- he's filming the saga's two-part finale "Breaking Dawn" as we speak -- but it doesn't appear the young actor's career is going to fizzle anytime soon.

He's already wrapped the lead role in the eagerly anticipated movie adaptation of the bestselling novel "Water for Elephants" (due in theaters April 22), and now Deadline is reporting that R.Pattz has snagged the lead in writer-director David Cronenberg's latest film "Cosmopolis."

A Cronenberg flick -- and one based on a Don DeLillo novel, at that -- isn't exactly in the "Twilight" fan base's wheelhouse, but taking the role is a strong career move for Pattinson. Cronenberg's films tend to be bluntly violent, visceral and emotionally wrenching, and "Cosmopolis" promises to challenge Pattinson and give him the chance to prove that he can play more than the tortured heartthrob.

Pattinson will tackle the role of Eric Packer, a 28-year-old billionaire asset manager who bets -- and bets big -- against the yen on a tumultuous day in the stock market. The movie will follow Packer on this fateful day as his limousine trip to get a haircut turns into a strange odyssey across Manhattan marked by various run-ins with his wife, traffic jams caused by presidential motorcades, encounters with some very overly sexed women and showdowns with two men bent on killing him.

Marion Cotillard and Paul Giamatti are reportedly up for roles in the film as well, though nothing has been confirmed.

A successful fantasy series, a lead role in a Cronenberg film -- if Pattinson doesn't watch out, he just might become the next Viggo Mortensen.


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