First Look At Robert Pattinson In David Cronenberg's 'Cosmopolis'

by Kevin Jagernauth
May 26, 2011 10:11 AM
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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]

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22 Comments

  • Kay | June 3, 2011 5:55 AMReply

    First of all, enough with the RPattz (and Kstew), it's condescending and disrespectful. They have names. Rob and Kristen. Try it. Secondly, what's with the criticisms of Rob's nose??? Seriously? He's one of if not the hottest guy on the planet, nitpick much? Third, enough with the teeny bopper stereotype. Newsflash, most of Rob's fans are 30+ married women with kids. I've been been following Rob and Kristen's careers for 3 years now on Twitter and watched him film, trust me. I guess it's easier to justify your insults of him to ridicule his fanbase? IDGI. Anyway, this is definitely a challenge for him but know he'll rise to the challenge. He's a hard worker and knows exactly who he's up against. Cronenberg obviously saw something in him and so people should reserve judgement.

  • Daniel | May 28, 2011 1:36 AMReply

    I like how gruesome and realistic films of Cronenberg, he is very cerebral, so this film will be interesting to see.

  • padre | May 28, 2011 1:24 AMReply

    sp- DDL wishes he were Keanu Reeves. Everyone in life wishes they were Keanu Reeves! He is one of the last SUPERSTARS remaining. He is larger than life, a true god among men! I shall brook no lesser mortals disparaging him! Does DDL have college courses taught about him? Does Tom Hanks? Does Johnny Depp? Yet I know of at least 3 college courses taught specifically on Keanu Reeves. There may be more. Academia understands greatness in our midst, even if heretics do not! I would pray to SUPERSTAR Keanu Reeves to forgive you for your unintentional slight, but I know it is not necessary. Keanu is the essence of forgiveness and love (and melancholy and existential sadness). Keanu forgives you, therefore I forgive you. But any further heresies shall invoke my RAGE. Be warned.

  • wow | May 27, 2011 7:03 AMReply

    "me thinks Cronenberg has to join the marketing juggernaut or vanish." did some actually write that about david cronenberg? lol, ok. why do i have a feeling that this one doesn't know anything about cronenberg.

  • scribe | May 27, 2011 4:13 AMReply

    Good point Patti- me thinks Cronenberg has to join the marketing juggernaut or vanish.

  • mia | May 27, 2011 3:05 AMReply

    i trully hope they are not trying to sell this movie via Rpatz, since he is popular this days. i agree that this pic just came to early! hmmm a little suspicious. but looking forward to see what Rpats comes up with.

  • Richard | May 27, 2011 2:39 AMReply

    I trust Cronenberg, I like his movies. So I hope this is no exception. I can give a chance to Pattinson

  • Patti | May 27, 2011 1:21 AMReply

    I'm legit embarrassed for Cronenberg I don't even know what's going on. His kid who is the "still photographer" is tweeting shots to teenagers and horny housewives 4 days in to a production? He's never resorted to this stuff before. The catering is turning me off from the film. Seems sort of like he's selling out.

  • lol | May 27, 2011 1:09 AMReply

    oh ok, mvp, you could have at least waited a couple of hours before you posted again. that way you wouldn't look like the same person.

  • chris | May 26, 2011 12:49 PMReply

    New respect for Mr. Pattinson...loved him in water for elephants ...and now Cronenberg's Cosmopolis...is' he the next DiCaprio? time will tell

  • oh ok | May 26, 2011 12:16 PMReply

    baha rpatz aka footface acts with his nostrils with his acting as flat as his face. if cronenberg and this dynamic character can't get a great performance out of him, his fans have no more excuses as to why he can't emote on screen; currently, their reason is due to the contraints of the reserved characters he's played. yeah riiight.

  • MVP | May 26, 2011 12:03 PMReply

    Beauty and the footface. Andy and Marcus are women sparkletards.

  • chris | May 26, 2011 12:01 PMReply

    I'm so excited for this movie.

  • andy | May 26, 2011 11:30 AMReply

    read the book, and it was crazy. i'm sure cronenberg will make the movie even more crazy, so i will be there to watch it. i'm not going to lie i saw water for elephants, and thought he did a pretty good job in that movie. so bravo to pattinson for breaking away from the teeny bopper movies. .

  • sp | May 26, 2011 11:13 AMReply

    Every time I see Robert Pattinson try to act , he always looks constipated and scared. Plus, this guy has no screen presence. After ' Twilight ' , I don't expect much to happen with Robert's film career. Seriously, Pattinson makes Keanu Reeves look like Daniel Day-Lewis.

  • Lynn | May 26, 2011 11:09 AMReply

    This Cosmopolis first looks quite good Go Cronenberg!!

  • marcus | May 26, 2011 10:53 AMReply

    I thought he was solid in Water For Elephants. Not a flashy role, but he held the screen. This looks to be a more dynamic role, so it'll be interesting to see how he does.

  • padre | May 26, 2011 10:52 AMReply

    Is it my imagination or does his nose look less flat here? Anyway YAY for Rpatz! Wise film choice. He's building himself towards a nice A-list slot. First, hold on the the girls as they grow up. Then do indie and guy-friendly films, until the males begrudgingly give him some cred. It's the tried and true path to A-list glory and riches. Admittedly he isn't a very good actor, but very few A-listers are, so no use holding him to that standard.

  • chris | May 26, 2011 10:38 AMReply

    Cronenberg rocks! huge fan of his movies...another masterpiece

  • Abner | May 26, 2011 10:37 AMReply

    It was so much better cast w/ Cotillard and Farrell

  • Z | May 26, 2011 10:23 AMReply

    Looks good!

    I think they're sitting in a taxi in this scene, though.

  • Alex | May 26, 2011 10:22 AMReply

    WOOOT!! GO CRONENBERG!!

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