Robert Pattinson to star in David Cronenberg's 'Cosmopolis.' Why am I wishing he'd Twi-lighten up?

Robert-PattinsonImage Credit: James Devaney/WireImage.comOh, how cute! Our little Twilight stars are growing up: Today we learned Robert Pattinson has officially selected his first major post-Twilight project. According to Deadline, the mop-topped one has signed on to star in David Cronenberg’s adaptation of Don DeLillo’s Cosmopolis. (The film’s production company, Alfama Films, confirmed the casting on their website.) The book, which is heavily set in a limousine, follows a financial whiz who’s diverted by several events — some dreary, some sexy, and some career-killing — while on his way to get a haircut. 

After the somber disaster that was Remember Me, it’s nice to see Pattinson sign onto a joint from a director as respected Cronenberg (A History of Violence, Eastern Promises). But the content of the film paired with its helmer all but guarantees a dark (albeit probably exciting) theater experience. Perhaps it’s just me, but after seeing Pattinson [spoiler alert!] die in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, mope in the Twilight films, [another spoiler alert!] die in Remember Me, and do God knows what the hell he was doing in Little Ashes, I’m ready to see the actor who will be formerly known as Edward branch out into some lighter fare. (Especially considering his upcoming Water for Elephants — out April 22 — won’t necessarily be a gut-busting romp, either.) Am I crazy for being curious about whether or not Pattinson could handle, say, slapstick comedy? I know, I am. But I’d pay for a ticket to see that. (Also makes me not sane.) Hey, he was funny with a mustache!

That being said, I’m still curious to see how Pattinson carves out his career. Working with respected filmmakers is a definite start, since just one year ago, it was relatively difficult to peg his future. (Taylor Lautner was considered the action star, Kristen Stewart was considered the indie darling, and Pattinson was considered … handsome?) But I’ll turn things over to you, PopWatchers: How do you like your Pattinson?

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  • jasmine

    coming from a former fan of twilight, i’m kind of intrigued of what robert is going to do with the rest of his career. the whole twilight franchise doesn’t really do him justice because in harry potter you can tell that he is a decent actor. i loved water for elephants the book and i can’t wait till the movie. i just want to see him do a movie that is not adapted from a book or a persons life… or remember me

    • Gary

      Sounds like 2hrs of mostly Robert Pattinson on camera in a limo. It’s perfect for his female fans. It will be 2 hrs of them just looking at his face in close up, should make a lot of money.

      • hc

        What I love is the idea of a bunch of 14 year old girls grabbing Delillo from their local Barnes and Nobles and trying to make sense of it. Enjoy!

      • Felicia

        Um, do you know what kind of movies David Cronenberg makes? He’s not going to be aiming for typical Twilght fans, believe me.

      • @Felicia

        Um, I believe that was hc’s point exactly.

      • vanmellon

        read Cosmopolis – it’s much more than a limo ride

    • Elena

      “his first major post-Twilight project”

      I thought that being in a film adaptation of major New York Times bestseller alongside two Oscar-winners was considered a major proyect.

      And yes, I think he is a better actor than the anti-Twilight crowd claims he is. His career seems to be following a Leo DiCaprio trajectory, which is good. In fact, I wouldn’t be shocked if Water For Elephants was more Titanic than Remember Me. Not in terms of box office but in terms of becoming an iconic film romance that people will cherish for a long time.

      • Kate

        I think maybe she means “post-Twilight” as in, Twilight will be completely, 100% OVER when the Cronenberg movie comes out. That’s how I took it? Water for Elephants will come out, technically, between Twilight films.
        I don’t see Pattinson as another DiCaprio, sorry. DiCaprio had an Oscar nomination and leading roles in several well-regarded films before he ever did Titanic. He also took a few years off so the fan craziness could die down before moving to more adult fare. Pattinson looks like he’s in “strike while the iron is hot” mode.
        Not to say I don’t think he has potential. I just don’t think it’s accurate to say he’s following DiCaprio.

      • Kate

        Oh, there’s also the tiny point of DiCaprio’s “heartthrob” movie being the #2 (for years the #1) film of all time and winning 11 Oscars. Wasn’t exactly teen-bait junk.

    • Scrubbie

      I want my pattinson on top and mouth closed…his verbal diahrrea is a turn-off, but the guy is so pretty

  • Mary

    Dude, he dies in the Goblet of Fire. I don’t remember him really in Order of the Phoenix, only in old picture that were in that secret training room.

    • Mary

      you get my meaning. sorry for the lack of english being written there.

    • Ryan

      Your mistake is thinking twilight movie fans know how to read. If they can’t read why would they go see the Harry Potter movies? I’m just kidding, but seriously, that was a terrible mistake miss author of random entertainment stories who should never have given up on her dream of being a real journalist for the Times. If your not reporting on genocide in Uganda, at least try and get the stupid stories right, mmkay?

      • Mori

        Don’t be mean to Kate. Also,it’s you’re not reporting on genocide, not “your”.

  • Meg

    I hope “Water for Elephants” does well because Rob is something of a good actor. “Twilight” is nothing substantial to be lauded for (except for record-breaking due to the impressionable rabid fanbase), so hopefully this is the start of a notable and excellent career and we can all continue pushing “Twilight” as far back into its respective closet as it can go.

    • Jen

      I hope Water for Elephants does well, too, as I’m a fan of Witherspoon and I’d like to see more of Waltz, and I loved the book.
      But the studio opting to open it against Scream 4 screams insanity.

      • Maelina

        WFE opens a week later than Scream 4, not the same day.

      • Jen

        Then they wised up (shocking) and moved it, because they had been scheduled for the same week in April.

      • James

        They moved WFE up a week. Now it’s opening against the next Tyler Perry movie, which is almost as bad. ;-)

      • John B.

        I think Scream and WFE might be angling for different audiences. WFE might have Pattison,a teen magnet, and Scream is mostly a film that will appeal to teens and horror fans, but WFE has way more adult appeal beyond the adult Scream fans who will see it out of nostalgia for the original Scream trilogy. WFE also has romance fans on its side, plus the whole cachet of two Oscar winners in its cast. Who knows, I hope there’s room for both films to be successful.

    • Lane Turney

      Water For Elephantrs looks fgreat from the previews.

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  • Mary

    Personally, I really enjoyed Remember Me, especially the scenes between him and Pierce Bronson. And Rob was dorky/dry funny in The Bad Mother’s Handbook and How To Be.

    Btw Rob/Cedric died in Goblet of Fire not Order of the Phoenix.

    • Shara

      I also really liked Robert in “Remember Me”. I think he did a great job, was very believable in the role.

    • Dede

      All the entertainment press talks about what a flop Remember Me was, when it wasn’t. It cost 16 mil to make and made 56 mil at the box office. I’m sure it made much more in dvd rentals and sales. It wasn’t another Twilight-sized box office smash, but I’m sure the studio was thrilled with those numbers.

      • @Dede

        It made $56 million *worldwide*. That’s a pretty important distinction. So while it wasn’t exactly a flop, fans blew its prospects way out of proportion. I remember people swearing up and down that it could make $70 million just in the U.S.

      • Dede

        My point was that it made a nice profit. If his films continue to make a nice profit and he is reasonable with salary demands, he will continue to be hired by directors.

  • me

    not to sound like a nerd… well actually, i am one.
    anyways, he died in harry potter and the goblet of fire.

  • Claire

    I like Rob but I’m not thrilled with this choice. I’ve read Cosmopolis and it wasn’t very good. Here’s hoping that Cronenberg can make a lousy book turn into a better movie.

  • kaity

    I find this casting bizarre…Marion Cotillard is playing his wife apparently? Don’t see how that will work, but I wish him the best of luck. Certainly from what I have seen of his acting, he will need it. But, I do hope he is successful as the story sounds promising.

    • stella

      Really? Why the hell do directors keep thinking that this man-boy can act next to seasoned, older women like Reese Witherspoon and Marion Cotillard? He looks like a bizarre stepson/boytoy next to them.

      • Stephanie

        Well, Rob did play Reese’s son in a deleted scene from Vanity Fair.

  • Betty

    Awww…I like RPattz and this was a very witty little article. I’m curious to see what he does with his career, think he has loads of potential, and will be buying tickets to his flicks to see.

  • elle

    Oh EW.. Why are you people always bitter when it comes to Robert? It’s really unfair

    • Mandy

      Because they were annoyed when Rob didnt do one of their interview when he was filming remember me. Now they are like…

    • StewyFan

      Exactly. You can almost taste the disdain all throughout this article. But at least I give them this much credit. They chose a good decent picture of him this time.

      • nikki

        ITA and this article is written by Kate Ward, who in the past had a (maybe more) nice interview with Rob. I thought she liked him but again this condescending tone, so typical for EW. When famous directors choose Rob for a role among famous awards winning actors, it’s only because they believe he has the potential to deliver a good performance. All haters here and elsewhere can write what they want, they are not in the industry, they’re not the ones who sign the contracts and believe me, no producer risks his movie by giving the lead role to an uncapable actor.

  • tipsy

    Impressive career move. He is not affraid to take risks so expect him to stick around.

  • rocknmovies

    EW being negative again towards Robert Pattinson. Now that’s a surprise (sarcasm). I hope he has a good career just to make you eat your own shit!

  • Melanie

    This is yet another great step for Rob in what will be an amazing film career. He’s an exceptionally talented actor and musician. Anyone who doubts his ability will have no choice but to eat their words as Rob continues share his talent with the world. Good luck Rob – I’ll add Cosmopolis to my list of movies to watch for!

  • Ellie

    I see that I was already beaten to the ‘he died in the OOTP’… nope it was GOF.

    I am looking forward to seeing him in other movies.

  • Maelina

    EW/Kate, why can’t you ever be classy or even fair? Rob’s performance in Remember Me was great, even the critics agreed on that. Remember Me is a good movie, the ending was just apparently too much for Americans. So quit saying the film was a disaster, as it certainly wasn’t. Your Rob trashing is getting old.

    • stella

      LOLLLL the question is, when can his fans accept that he is a charming but mediocre actor? The most positive phrases that have been spoken about him by critics contain words like “spirited” and “likeable” which means that they like him enough not to sh!t on him but that doesn’t come near “great” any given day.

    • gail wakefield

      I agree completely, I loved “Remember Me”, loved Rob in it. Although the ending left me inthe fetal position

      • Leonardo

        Hermoso lugar el Museo de Arte moderno, muy buena elcceif3n para la premier de una obra maestra como muchos le han llamado a Cosmopolis. Feliz por Rob y por su carrera.Mony.-

  • pam

    Remember Me was somber, but a good movie. Very sad. I hope he branches out into lighter roles, too. Maybe he thinks depressing equals “serious”? A mistake many make, but is not always the case. He’s a born comediene and is a great character actor who is also very handsome. It would be nice to see him in something that doesn’t make me want to slit my wrists out of deep depression.

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