How do you shake off the grime from starring in the tween girl franchise sensation "Eclipse"? If you're Robert Pattinson, you go and star in a period drama based on a book by Guy de Maupassant.

Joined by Uma Thurman, Kristin Scott Thomas and Christina Ricci, "Bel Ami" will find Pattinson playing George Duroy, a sexy social climber in turn-of-the-century, 1890s Paris, who seduces his way to wealth and fame from a poor beginning. Thurman will play the wife of one of Duroy's friends who eventually marries Pattinson's seductive schemer. Kristin Scott Thomas will appear as a woman who overestimates Duroy's attachment to her. We're guessing the film will amount to the period equivalent of "don't hate the playa, hate the game."

Some new images from the film have arrived and frilly frocks and pained expressions abound. The film marks the feature debut by directing duo Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod and "Bel Ami" will hit theaters next year. [ONTD]