By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist May 26, 2011 at 10:11AM
With the "Twilight" franchise now nearing an end, heartthrob Robert Pattinson has been eagerly looking to break away from the tween sensation that has made him a star. He valiantly tried to steer the ridiculously manipulative "Remember Me" but had better success this year with the period drama "Water For Elephants," with that film quietly climbing to nearly $100 million worldwide. Not bad. His next effort at creating cinema that won't just appeal to teenage girls and their Moms is David Cronenberg's "Cosmopolis."
Based on the novella of the same name by award-winning writer Don DeLillo, Pattinson plays Eric Packer, a 28-year-old multi-billionaire finance guru who drives around Manhattan in a high-tech, pimped out limo in order to get a haircut, with many interruptions along the way. Set within a 24-hour period, most of the novel takes place in his limousine and we assume the film will do the same. During his day, Packer loses millions of dollars for his clients by telling them to bet against the yen, and then is stalked by two men seemingly seeking revenge. Obsessed with sex, Packer spends the day cheating on his wife and trying to outwit the men that are after him. He's got a pretty impressive cast surrounding him including Juliette Binoche, Paul Giamatti, Mathieu Amalric, Samantha Morton and Sarah Gadon, so the RPatz is gonna have to bring it to keep up with everyone around him.
Anyhow, a first look has arrived with Pattinson and Gadon (who plays Elise), courtesy of Cronenberg's daughter Caitlin who tweeted it earlier today, marking the official picture from the film.
Filming is underway in Toronto with no release dates set just yet. But you won't have long to wait for another Cronenberg film as he's got the drama "A Dangerous Method" with Keira Knightley, Michael Fassbender and Viggo Mortensen in the can and set for a Venice Film Festival premiere in August. [via Bleeding Cool]