In the post- Twilight world, what will we remember the film series' chief sexpot, Robert Pattinson, most for? Will he even be able to break from the Teenage America's clammy grips and make a real career for himself as a duly appointed, real deal actor? Judging by his newest role, that's at least what he plans to do.
The British heart-throb has signed on to play the lead in David Cronenberg's new film, an adaptation of Don DeLillo's thirteenth novel, Cosmopolis. Pattinson will play Eric Packer, who is described as a "28 year old multi-billionaire asset manager who makes an odyssey across midtown Manhatten in order to get a haircut." Apparently the trip across town turns into a Ulysses-like journey filled with all sorts of crazy stuff happening as he's stuck in his marble-floored, bulletproof limo in various traffic jams and other sticky situations. The events of the story all take place in this one day span.
It sounds like the sort of ridiculous that is right up David Cronenberg's alley. He's a master of the weird and thought-provoking, and I frankly think Pattinson's move to work with him is an incredibly smart one. The role was originally to be Colin Farrell's but for reasons unknown (maybe he's too old?) he's off the project. Still on as costars are Paul Giamatti and Marion Cotillard who will play Packer's wife.