More Talk About Rob & His New Role In Cosmopolis
Robert Pattinson, the dreamy-eyed, debatably talented star of the ‘tween sensation Twilight series has nailed down his first post-vampire role, and it’s a bit of a coup. The actor will star in acclaimed director David Cronenberg’s adaptation of the Don DeLillo novel Cosmopolis, Deadline reports. The work of near-future fiction follows a young moneymaker (Pattinson) as he ends up being the target of an assassination after making a risky business decision.
I say “debatably talented” because, frankly, the jury’s still out on Pattinson from where I’m sitting. While I respect what the Twilight movies represent in terms of widening the reach and appeal of geek culture… they’re really not very good. I’m not familiar enough with Stephenie Meyer’s books to place the blame squarely in that direction, but it certainly feels like a failure on the ensemble level. The scripts, performances, cinematography, visual effects… it all feels like pop filmmaking in its lowest form, a series of low-budget spectacle-driven blockbusters. I understand the appeal, but I’m not willing to pass judgment on any of the cast based on their involvement in the series.
Pattinson has already stepped outside the Twilight fold a couple of times, notably playing artist Salvador Dali in Little Ashes and the lead role of Jacob Jankowski in director Francis Lawrence’s upcoming adaptation of the Sara Gruen novel, Water For Elephants. Cosmopolis will be his first role after the two-part telling of Breaking Dawn, Twilight‘s final chapter, wraps.
All negativity aside, this is a cool bit of casting and a smart move for the actor. Whether or not he can bring what is needed to the role remains to be seen, but working with a filmmaker as talented as Cronenberg on a high-profile adaptation will certainly put Pattinson’s skills to the test. And honestly, no matter how the movie turns out, there’s something to be said for the fact that this casting news will certainly inspire Pattinson’s more ardent supporters to go out and buy a Don DeLillo book. Anything that gets the kids of the world reading quality fiction is okay by me.
Apparently director David Cronenberg (Videodrome, Naked Lunch, Dead Ringers) has taken a liking to the performances of one Robert Pattinson, as the actor has joined the cast of his upcoming film, Cosmopolis.
The film is an adaptation of the Don DeLillo novel, and follows a “financial wunderkind who risks his entire fortune to bet against the yen on a tumultuous day,” which in turn “puts him in the crosshairs for assassination.” Originally a role slated for Colin Farrell, it appears as though Pattinson has taken over the film’s lead role.
Personally, I do think that Pattinson may have a bit more talent than a role like Edward in the Twilight series may suggest, and there is no other filmmaker more suited to getting that type of performance out of a young actor than Cronenberg. Toss in a “slightly futuristic metropolis” setting, and you could have quite an intriguing film.
Posted on January 11, 2011, in Cosmopolis, David Cronenberg, news, Robert Pattinson and tagged Cosmopolis, David Cronenberg, More Talk About Rob & His New Role In Cosmopolis, news, Rob's Next Film Role - David Cronenberg’s 'Cosmopolis', Robert Pattinson. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.