Rob’s Next Film Role – David Cronenberg’s ‘Cosmopolis’

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Robert Pattinson Signs On To David Cronenberg’s ‘Cosmopolis’

I’m going to just get this right out in the open: I don’t hate Robert Pattinson. Sure, the Twilight franchise is wretched, but that’s more the material than the person and his other roles (Remember Me, the upcoming Water for Elephants) prove that he isn’t just a pretty boy who is going to ride the coattails of a beloved franchise; this man wants to actually try. And as Deadline reports, he’s getting another role to branch out in: Pattinson has just signed on to play the lead in David Cronenberg‘s Cosmopolis, based on the 2003 novel by Don DeLillo.

Cosmopolis takes over the course of one day in the year 2000 and follows young Eric Packer, a financial wizard who is taking his fancy limousine out to go get a haircut and is prepping to risk his entire fortune on betting against the rise of the Japanese yen. He keeps getting sidetracked though, as he runs into a protest, a presidential visit, and a rapper’s funeral which keeps traffic at a stand still. During this time, he indulges in sadistic and voyeuristic thoughts and waxes philosophic about the state of the country from the back of his limo. In layman’s terms, the guy’s kind of a douchebag. Pattinson will be playing this character, and it’s also been rumored that Marion Cotillard and Paul Giamatti have also signed on.

See that sounds great…for a novel. As for a movie, I don’t know if it will translate as well since what I’ve read up on it makes it sound like the main character just sits in his limo and does a bunch of monologues about assorted things. But then again, Cronenberg isn’t a horrible director and I’ve got faith in his vision; not only is he directing the movie, he’s also written the script for it so he’s got to have something invested in the material. What I also like is that Pattinson didn’t take this movie for the money or the glory; instead, he signed on because he admires not only the work of the director, but Don DeLillo‘s novels as well. It’s reasons like those that keep me rooting for the pretty boy vampire; I just hope Cosmopolis gives him the chance to shine.



Robert Pattinson Is Playing A Currency Trader Who Bets Against The Yen And Becomes An Assassination Target

After years of playing a vampire, it’s fitting that Robert Pattinson’s next role should be a trader. (It was either that or a squid.)

According to the Wrap, Robert Pattinson just stole the lead role in the movie, an adaptation of 74-year old postmodern author Don Delillo’s book, Cosmopolis, from Colin Farrell.

The details:

Described as a study of capitalism in a slightly futuristic metropolis, the drama will find Pattinson playing Eric Packer, a financial wunderkind who risks his entire fortune to bet against the yen on a tumultuous trading day. The young man’s decision backfires and he becomes a possible assassination target during a 24-hour odyssey across Manhattan.

If the movie is anything like the book the movie’s based on, it should be awesome. First of all, the lead is a 28-year old billionaire who entertains “highly sexed women” while his wife is merely an extra he sees outside the limo he’s riding around in all day (one thing we hope they change – please don’t let this be another Phonebooth).

His bet against the rise in the yen apparently “parallels his own fall,” as he loses his clients millions of dollars, and interestingly, he enjoys it; “relishing being unburdened by the loss of so much money.”

This brings us to another reason why we like the idea of this movie. The book is written as a modern re-interpretation of Ulysses, so it could be smart. Also, John Updike wrote a scathing review of the book in the New Yorker, and Walter Kirn (who wrotethe book, Up in the Air) had an equally critical take in his New York Times review.

Their criticism is primarily that:

  • “barely corporeal cerebral entities occupy the pages” (Kirn)
  • “the sounds they produce are so monotonous… that it’s a mystery why they’re even bothering”  (Kim)
  • “DeLillo’s sympathies are so much with the poor that his rich man seems a madman” (Updike)
Good books almost never turn into good movies, so this bodes well. They better change that last bit though. Otherwise, this’ll just be another Wall Street 2.

Posted on January 7, 2011, in Cosmopolis, news, Robert Pattinson and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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