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Robert Pattinson may as well be screaming, “Please take me seriously as an actor, I’m more than just a teenage bloodsucker from the Pacific Northwest.” And really, what better way to declare that you’re a committed thespian, and not just another flash-in-the-pan pin-up boy, than signing on to star in a David Cronenberg adaptation of a Don DeLillo novel, an adaptation that also stars Paul Giamatti and Marion Cotillard? That sounds pretty determined to me. The 24-year old Pattinson, most known for his teen vampire turn in the mega-blockbuster “Twilight” movies (and his messy hair), has joined the cast of Cronenberg’s “Cosmopolis”, according to THR.
The project centers on a 28-year-old financial wizard and billionaire, to be played by Pattinson, as he traverses Manhattan in his stretch limo. His goal is to get a haircut at Anthony’s, his father’s barber, but on this day his driver has to navigate a presidential visit, an attack by anarchists, and a rapper’s funeral. Stuck in traffic, he anxiously monitors the value of the yen on the limo’s computer, his fortune in the balance.
While “Cosmopolis” garnered some critical praise, it generally received less favorable reviews, and more outright negative criticism, than many of DeLillo’s previous novels (“Cosmopolis” was his 13th), like “Underworld” and “White Noise”.
Colin Ferral was originally on board to star as protagonist Eric Packer, but he left the movie to take the lead in Columbia’s unnecessary remake of “Total Recall”. Both films are scheduled to begin production in the spring. “Cosmopolis” will film in Toronto, probably beginning in May.