Can Robert Pattison become more than the pin-up for millions of teenage girls and prove himself worthy as an actor? David Cronenberg seems to think so as he has cast the Twilight star in his next movie, Cosmopolis.
Pattison is set to take the role recently vacated by Colin Farrell as Eric Packer in the adaptation of Don DeLillo’s novel, which sees a multi-millionaire asset manager attempting to cross Manhattan in a stretch limo in order to get a haircut. However, this seemingly innocuous journey is beset with problems as he is delayed by a presidential motorcade, anti-globalization demonstrations, and a celebrity funeral. It’s a bit like Phone Booth in a car or Buried in gridlock.
Assuming that the rest of the cast is still in place Pattison will team up with Marion Cotillard and Paul Giamatti, as his wife and an agent on his trail respectively. Cronenberg is directing from his own script and has been trying to get the movie made for a few years now. It looks like he’s a lot closer with the addition of Pattison.
While we wait with bated breath for the Cronenberg/Pattison team-up we can console ourselves with the knowledge that Pattison will soon be back on the big screen in Francis Lawrence’s adaptation of Water for Elephants, while Cronenberg is bringing us the Sigmund Freud tale A Dangerous Method with Viggo Mortensen, Keira Knightley and Michael Fassbender.