Keira Knightley Not Part Of David Cronenberg's 'Cosmopolis' With Robert Pattinson

by Edward Davis
February 10, 2011 12:57 AM
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Perhaps this is why the new transparency sucks and why a salient argument can be made for the halcyon days of film development behind closed doors: watching the back and forth progress and decline of David Cronenberg‘s gestating “Cosmpolis” is heartbreaking. First, it's an A-list project out the door with Colin Farrell, Marion Cotillard and Paul Giamatti and then it's a slightly less desireable project with Robert Pattinson and Keira Knightley in the leads instead of Farrell and Cotillard who bailed for a tentpole ("Total Recall") and a baby, respectively (Cotillard is pregnant, the dream for Playlist suitors is collapsing).

Knightley is part of Cronenberg's upcoming "A Dangerous Method" co-starring the excellent cast of Michael Fassbender and Viggo Mortensen, so co-signed by them, hell, co-signed by us. But her confirmation in the film was never 100%. She must have been in some sort of discussion as French financiers Alfama Films jumped the gun and listed Knightley as part of the cast in January and tipped us off to the fact that Cotillard had left.

Perhaps they spoiled the deal entirely because if Knightley was in talks to take the lead female role in the picture, it appears she's not now.

While reps for the actress have declined to comment thus far (including several of our inquiries to U.K. and U.S. reps) according to Up and Comers, Knightley won't be working on back to back Cronenberg films as confirmed by her PR folks. That's a shame if only because a name like Keira Knightley does make a David Croneberg film easier to finance. So now it's just RPatz and Giamatti. A match made in heaven, no?

Who will fill into the high heel shoes she almost took? Your guess is as good as ours, we're just glad that "Twilight" fans know who David Cronenberg is now. Isn't "The Brood" wicked!? Still a couple of months to find a lead actress as production on the film is now scheduled to start on May 23rd.Update: Reps for Knightley confirm the Up and Comers report stressing that she was never actually "on" the project.

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30 Comments

  • Alex | February 10, 2011 11:35 AMReply

    Sorry, I have to ask after reading here a couple of reports about Cosmopolis...are you guys like those gossip-sites who bash R-patzz to get hits? At least show some respect for Cronenberg's and Giamatti work!

  • Kim | February 10, 2011 10:22 AMReply

    Gotta love the digs you take at 'Twilight'. Surprised you left out the 'sparkly vampire' line as well. I've become a fan of Rob just this past summer due to his interviews and then checking out Remember Me first. I resisted the Twilight craze and just saw it after checking out RM. You get on him for Twilight and establishing himself somewhere to when he could actually choose his roles. And you take Twilight too damn seriously. It's an enjoyable movie(the numbers don't lie that someone is enjoying it and others that claim they don't obsess about it) that was never pretending to be Shakespeare. It was written as a young adult female series and has expanded on that audience as the films hit. So STFU. Rob fans age in range. We aren't all teens. I'm in my 20s and, surprise, I have known and seen Cronenberg films so to hell with that stereotype as well. It just irks you azzhats that these people genuinely want to work with Rob and you really need to get a grip at taking shots at Rob who is a rare combination in Hollywood and is going to prove you azzhats wrong. Maybe why the panic that he is involved in this project because he is a lot more than a handsome face.

  • vip | February 10, 2011 6:06 AMReply

    Now she is an a-list? Not that long ago The Playlist was hating on her for being a downgrade from Cotillard..
    Whatever suits your agenda I guess.

  • Emma | February 10, 2011 4:39 AMReply

    I don't blame her. If I was an a-List actress I wouldn't want to be in a Robert Pattinson movie either. What a career killer.

  • @carolyn | February 10, 2011 4:29 AMReply

    preach it sista! Though you sound more like a fellow RPattz fan than a Cronenberg fan. And for the guy who said that Rob just has teen fans, not true. Lots of us are older ladies.

  • Marko | February 10, 2011 4:04 AMReply

    @saly
    Sam Worthington's in this movie now?

  • carolyn | February 10, 2011 3:56 AMReply

    TO *ALEX*
    Being that you are such a Robert hater, because of course you know him personally...I guess than that you would not have realized that Keira and Robert are very good friends and have been for a long time...

  • carolyn | February 10, 2011 3:48 AMReply

    I am 42. Have known who David is probably longer than some of you...I am not a huge Twilight fan, but i am a huge Robert fan, because believe it or not, he does have other really greart movies...I would never be seeing this movie if it were not for Robert...Colin is a great actor, but cannot speak publically without F*ck being in his every other word...And people need time to become "A-list" actors...Give the guy a chance/break and do not be so close-minded, and base everything on a script "Twilight", that even Johnny Depp said he could not have done more with,,,BTW Leo, as mentioned above, thinks Rob is a good actor and person...And both Leo and Depp had their beginings...What you do not realize, is that Robert has won awards for his acting in BBC procutions, like How To Be, where he was his halarious self, and Remember Me, which was Beautiful...Screw Edward...Robert appreciates the opportunity given him, but it has also become a curse also...Hollywood, has embraced him, and called him; talanted, charming, genuine, down to earth, easy to work with, hard working, humble, unhollywood, very smart, witty and funny as hell...He also has been a musician all his life, a brilliant one at that and another reason i am such a fan, and musicians have a depth, that I have seen in Robert...As far as i am concerned, this directed to the author of ths article; Cosmopolis has become much more exciting with Robert aboard!!!

  • carolyn | February 10, 2011 3:47 AMReply

    I am 42. Have known who David is probably longer than some of you...I am not a huge Twilight fan, but i am a huge Robert fan, because believe it or not, he does have other really greart movies...I would never be seeing this movie if it were not for Robert...Colin is a great actor, but cannot speak publically without F*ck being in his every other word...And people need time to become "A-list" actors...Give the guy a chance/break and do not be so close-minded, and base everything on a script "Twilight", that even Johnny Depp said he could not have done more with,,,BTW Leo, as mentioned above, thinks Rob is a good actor and person...And both Leo and Depp had their beginings...What you do not realize, is that Robert has won awards for his acting in BBC procutions, like How To Be, where he was his halarious self, and Remember Me, which was Beautiful...Screw Edward...Robert appreciates the opportunity given him, but it has also become a curse also...Hollywood, has embraced him, and called him; talanted, charming, genuine, down to earth, easy to work with, hard working, humble, unhollywood, very smart, witty and funny as hell...He also has been a musician all his life, a brilliant one at that and another reason i am such a fan, and musicians have a depth, that I have seen in Robert...As far as i am concerned, this directed to the author of ths article; Cosmopolis has become much more exciting with Robert aboard!!!

  • lol | February 10, 2011 3:35 AMReply

    @ mike, poor you to replying to angel. she has already been called out for trying to start drama. nice job taking the bate.

  • mike | February 10, 2011 3:15 AMReply

    @angel comment. Excuse while I laugh my a** off at your comment. A-List actor? I don't think you understand what A-List means. A-List applies to actors who have won critically acclaim for their movies for years, not just someone who is popular because of a huge teen franchise. For example great actors like Sean Penn and and Leonardo DiCaprio. I think it is insulting to actors like this to compare someone like Rob to them. You realize Rob is only getting roles right now because of his popularity in Twilight, don't you? Oh and not everyone goes gaga over the guy just because hes Edward Cullen.

  • marion | February 10, 2011 2:55 AMReply

    So... guys, be honest. Who would be an interesting casting choice in your opinion?

  • lol | February 10, 2011 2:53 AMReply

    LOL at troll.. I'm sure its the same people posting with diferent moniker. what a sad life..
    If you do not like Rob or you just don’t care about him, then it would make perfect sense to simply IGNORE him instead of readings posts about him and wasting your precious time commenting about him.

  • never ending | February 10, 2011 2:48 AMReply

    to ali,

    Could you be more paranoid? Last I checked this post was about the recasting of David Croenberg's Cosmpolis featuring Rob Pattinson. Period. End of story.

  • anil | February 10, 2011 2:47 AMReply

    Dude, seriously Cronenberg clearly trusts him, so why shouldn't we?


    @shiny vampire

    lol you trolls get more and more simple with each comment.

  • Alex | February 10, 2011 2:45 AMReply

    LOL at pathetic Rpattz fans. Sad.

    And yes...Keira turned it down because Pattinson was involved. Obvious stuff.

  • mina | February 10, 2011 2:43 AMReply

    you heard wring! The film has been scheduld to film in late May all along; maybe you should stick to reviewing, cause obviously you have no scoops, you don't even know what's already out there, all you had to do was google it!

  • kiki | February 10, 2011 2:42 AMReply

    @paul, all of the playlists articles about rob drip with snide comments. the guy might not be the best actor, but hes not worst. if leo, dropped out of the role and rob took his place then yeah i can see it. i like collin farrell, but the guy has had his share of crap as well. before i get called a "robessed tween" i'm not a tween, and i'm not even that big of fan of robs, but the lashing this guy gets for really no reason is ridiculous. the movie hasn't come out yet, at least wait for that before you call it a disaster.

  • kylie | February 10, 2011 2:42 AMReply

    to elle

    well said.. just one pathetic little troll trying to make Rob fans look bad with his/her juvenile behavior

  • Not a fan of shiny vampires | February 10, 2011 2:40 AMReply

    Girls, girls, girls.

    You know The Playlist is going to hate on your crush. Please stop reading the site looking for new pattison info. I'm sure Perez Hilton or whatever other sites you frequent will give you the news you need to satiate your thirst.

  • ali | February 10, 2011 2:39 AMReply

    to the person.. 'here come the robsessed fans 3, 2, 1….......' can you be more obvious you little bitter kristen stan? lol

    meh, same old same old..

  • f | February 10, 2011 2:36 AMReply

    hahahahahaaaaaaa!!!!! Poor guy, you were so hated about the twilight fans last time, that you wanted to get even! Man, why can't you just drop it? You only make yourself look like a whiny douche! How does ido you think it makes you sound now that her people say she was never in talks to be in the film anyhow? Man, you're worst than those stupid twilight fans, cause at least they're kids, so they're dumb by definition, but you....man, you embarass yourself!

  • elle | February 10, 2011 2:35 AMReply

    to angel

    You're transparent sweetie. It's obvious, you are not Rob fan,you're just trying to making us all look like immature idiots.
    Not funny...

    and Playlist, seriously do you really think Cronenberg would cast Rob in his movie if he didn't truly believe in his acting? Stop it you look funny..

  • never ending | February 10, 2011 2:34 AMReply

    here come the robsessed fans 3, 2, 1..........

  • J | February 10, 2011 2:34 AMReply

    How would Collin Farrell have made this an A list project?

    Last I checked, "Ondine" "Alexander" "Triage" "Pride and Glory" "Miami Vice" "The Way Back" and every other movie he's been the star of in the last 5 years have flopped miserably at the box office. "In Bruges" had good reviews but not exactly big box office either.

    Same with Marion Cotillard...her name means nothing to most US audiences, she's just Leo's wife in Inception.

    I agree, I'd love to see it with the original cast that was rumored, more so than the current one, but at the same time, just because you like someone doesn't make them A-List. Are you counting Farrell as A-List because he is in a remake of "Fright Night" opening in August?

  • jess | February 10, 2011 2:28 AMReply

    Dear Playlist please explain your hate for this guy? getting boring now..

  • angel | February 10, 2011 2:25 AMReply

    Rob Pattinson is the best. He's A-list already due to his awesome performances in Twilight and Remember Me! You'll see...this guy is better than Clooney, Leo, and Depp rolled into one. I'm sure all the top actresses in Hollywood like Reese Witherssppoon will be dying to take this role. They'll get someone better than Kiera.

  • Paul | February 10, 2011 2:24 AMReply

    I don't think its a snide comment to say the cast is less desirable with Robert Pattinson taking the lead role. It's the truth.

  • kiki | February 10, 2011 2:10 AMReply

    can you really get any more snide in your comments
    about rob pattinson? ok, we get it you dont like him. also, the movie is supposed to shoot in may, not march.

  • Saly | February 10, 2011 12:59 AMReply

    Poor Cronenberg. that was a bad idea to cast the worst actor ever for this movie.

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