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Robert Pattinson Drops Out Of Saddam Hussein Thriller 'Mission: Blacklist'

by Edward Davis
April 28, 2014 6:23 PM
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Robert Pattinson is having a hell of a year. The former “Twilight” star has two films appearing at Cannes 2014David Cronenberg’s “Maps To The Stars” and David Michod’s “The Rover.” His already-completed bucket list achievement includes working with Werner Herzog (“Queen of The Desert”), Anton Corbijn (“Life”) and his to-do list includes acting for auteurs like James Gray (“Lost City Of Z”), James Marsh ("Hold on to Me") and director/actor Brady Corbet (“The Childhood of a Leader”).

But a busy plate often means something has to go by the wayside. So the Wrap is reporting that Pattinson has dropped out of the Saddam Hussein thriller “Mission: Blacklist.” A psychological thriller, the movie is a true story of military interrogator Eric Maddox on the hunt for the Iraqi leader, and the events that led him to uncover the wanted man in a spiderhole in Tikrit.

"Band Of Brothers" writer and producer Erik Jendresen wrote the script and Swedish filmmaker Jesper Ganslandt is still attached to direct. Having just wrapped Corbijn’s “Life” alongside Dane DeHaan, Pattinson apparently did not have sufficient time to prepare for the demanding role, so he chose to drop out instead. That’s certainly a blog for Sauvaire’s project, but the project does sound pretty juicy so we assume a replacement may not be far behind. Pattinson, in the meantime, may just want a well-deserved rest. A few new "The Rover" images below.

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  • Jan | May 1, 2014 2:22 AMReply

    I am truly disappointed he is not do this film...I bought the book close to a year ago when it was said he was doing it.,,I honestly believe it would have been an academy nomination...the book is great....oh well,,....another disappointment from the great one....LOL

  • Linda | April 30, 2014 3:09 PMReply

    very disappointed to hear that, I thought it would be a good one for him, an Oscar nomination type of movie and part

  • bjsmiyh | April 29, 2014 5:48 PMReply

    I think Rob makes choices that are good for him. I am sorry he left the project. But he knows what's best for himself I am so looking forward for the two movies to be shown at Cannes this year. Good luck to Robl

  • Anna | April 29, 2014 4:03 PMReply

    I am sad that Rob is no longer attached to MissionBlacklist, He would have been brilliant in the role! He was attached to the film for 2 years,unfortunately it couldnt be made as the director changed.
    Wish the team of MBL well and hope to hear some more casting news for Rob

  • jolie | April 30, 2014 8:42 AM

    and enter Matt Damon?

  • jolie | April 30, 2014 8:41 AM

    and enter Matt Damon?

  • silkyfine49 | April 29, 2014 1:06 PMReply

    Mission blacklist, must b to strong a character 4 rob right now, but the boy got skills, but hang on n there rob,

  • just me | April 29, 2014 10:55 AMReply

    Robert Pattinson is the last actor on the planet to be accused of fearing the risky, unpredictable projects! in all these years since his career has started he proved himself as someone who doesn't give a sh about prestige, he never chose easy roles, always worked hard and gained respect from directors and colleges. after Twilight he could just seat back safely and exploit his beauty and heartthrob image. yet he never does this. but it doesn't make a difference for haters, they gonna hate anyway.
    it's a shame such an interesting character won't be played by Robert, but i still wish the Mission project all the luck! :)

  • Rob Prince of Cannes | April 29, 2014 12:31 PM

    He chooses projects based on scripts and directors. He’s said, “I would be happy to make less money if all my films could premiere at Cannes.”
    He’s about the art, not the commerce. I’m thinking that when the original director dropped out, so did Rob. That was his interest in that film.

  • Seth Aicklen | April 29, 2014 11:34 AM

    I wholeheartedly agree. You meant "directors and colleagues" I assume. Rob seems to be a regular guy who has a great work ethic and decent artistic talent. Rather than being a phenom, he has approached his craft with learning in mind and is presumably growing with all the great experience he is getting. Twilight was pure synergism that made him unbelievably popular worldwide, and rich, and opened a lot of doors for him. I'll leave out the part about the four-year romance with his leading lady! He truly could sit on his laurels and just enjoy the perks, but he soldiers on in a serious way, earning his chops. It will be interesting to see him evolve in his craft, to which I look forward with enthusiasm.

  • Ryan | April 29, 2014 10:22 AMReply

    Wow Rpazz dropped out from the movie where he had a lead role -full responsibility and unknown director- no prestige, no suprises here, this film so didn't fit to his modus operandi - a little as possible work for as much as possible acknowledgement.

  • Frozen | May 8, 2014 12:17 AM

    @Ryan, Rob had scheduling conflicts, and the proof is that he will be promoting The Rover and MTTS from last week and for the next month, they just announced a trip to Australia for the Sydney Film Festival and the premiere in LA on June 9th, so he's going to be busy and unable to film MBL in June.

    These things happen. To make up some BS about him not wanting responsibility just exposes you as a butthurt KStew fan. You know, she's the one who cheated, she's the one who destroyed her own relationship. Please stop trying to blame Rob for her behavior.

    He has 2 films premiering at Cannes, 100 percent of his films since the Twi franchise ended have premiered at Cannes, and he's under 30. He's working with the most respected directors in the industry and has an excellent reputation. I can see why you'd be jealous of him, but he's such a decent guy, he doesn't deserve your hatred. Let it go, you'll be happier.

    And keep in mind that none of the crap you spew is going to have any effect on his career or his fans. You're just wasting your time.

  • fuji | April 29, 2014 7:53 PM

    So trasparent, at least write something different from what you post on twitter jeez

  • Camille | April 29, 2014 9:01 AMReply

    Rob has been given much praise about all these films coming out and yet no one has seen anyone of them. Rob could have adjusted his schedules. Other actors have done two films at once. In Mission he would have been the star. In the other films he is playing smaller parts.

  • Guest | May 2, 2014 9:13 AM

    A leading role ....well he knows he can't cut the mustard and this film would have joined the long list of failures he has. His talent lies in nudity and perverted sexual content. He is no great talent. Mission Black list required an actor for the leading part to have strong talent . He doesn't have it.

  • Brad | April 30, 2014 8:38 AM

    and enter Matt Damon?

  • nicola | April 29, 2014 3:58 PM

    Butt Hurt Stain fans cant leave him alone! Rob has a lead role in his movie Life and a strong supporting role in The Rover.
    Rob is having a wonderful year and has 2 movies going to Cannes! He is working with acclaimed directors like David Cronenberg , David Michod and Werner Herzog.Go cry in a corner.

  • Kay | April 29, 2014 3:01 PM

    Many of these negative comments come from Gossip Cop's Kristen Stewart board. Why are you Stewart fans following this story all over the internet and commenting the same things? Give it a rest. He was attached to Mission Blacklist for 2 years. If he didn't want to take the risk he wouldn't have signed on in the first place.

  • Jon | April 29, 2014 9:57 AM

    IMO It was a risk he didn't want to take. Simple as that. Inexperienced director, a controversial subject matter and a leading role. No Cronenberg to fall back onto, no other big name like Moore, or Guy Pearce, or Juliette Binoche. If he nailed it, he would have taken all the credit, praise and glory, if he didn't the blame would be put solely on him. A make or break situation, in the end he decided it was too risky.

  • Poppy | April 29, 2014 9:20 AM

    According to Google he hasn't done much since Breaking Dawn and Cosmopolis. He had years to do Mission Blacklist - it just couldn't get sold with his name attached. Every one knows RPatz is a really bad actor.

  • Lee | April 29, 2014 5:31 AMReply

    Ah a post for the Twihards I see... gotta fund the site somehow I guess

  • jolie | April 30, 2014 8:40 AM

    yes and enter Matt Damon?

  • jolie | April 30, 2014 8:39 AM

    yes and enter Matt Damon?

  • jolie | April 30, 2014 8:39 AM

    yes and enter Matt Damon?

  • George | April 28, 2014 7:48 PMReply

    Too bad. I think he would have been impressive in the role. Still a decent project. Hope they do Eric Maddox's story justice. Definitely interesting.

  • George | April 29, 2014 5:45 PM

    @mi What is my problem? Exactly what is yours? In what way was my comment at all negative? Grow up (and learn to read)!

  • mi | April 29, 2014 6:08 AM

    What is your problem?It seems that certain trolls can't leave Rob alone and need to trash everything what is related to him,even nickname of poster here who can be fan of his.I know those ''guests'' comments form Gossip cop,for example.Anyway,pity that he drops out of this movie,but I prefer to see him focused on promoting MTTS and TR at Cannes.

  • Guest | April 29, 2014 5:36 AM

    Lol ok "George"

  • nikki | April 28, 2014 7:40 PMReply

    Sorry, my info wasn't correct either: the name of the Swedish director is Jesper Ganslandt, not Peter Genslandt with thanks to Beatrice.

  • rose | April 28, 2014 7:24 PMReply

    I am very upset. I was looking forward in seeing this movie with Rob in it. Very disappointed.

  • Beatrice | April 28, 2014 6:49 PMReply

    Jesper Ganslandt is attached to direct (not Sauvaire). Sauvaire dropped out ages ago.

  • E.D. | April 28, 2014 6:59 PM

    Right, got my people mixed up, thx.

  • nikki | April 28, 2014 6:48 PMReply

    FYI but Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire is a French director (Johnny Mad Dog) who cast Robert Pattinson more than 2 years back. They hoped to film in Iraq but for obvious reasons it couldn't be realized. So Sauvaire left the project and the Swedish director Peter Genslandt took over.

  • Maggiemae | April 28, 2014 6:37 PMReply

    I expect that katy perry has something to do with his decision. I would not be surprised if he goes on her tour with her.

  • Mi | April 29, 2014 6:14 AM

    @L, twi-hards who can't move on and still want to see Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart as a couple are sure that Katy Perry is responsible for their break up in 2013.Those people are fans of Kristen Stewart.

  • L | April 29, 2014 4:10 AM


    Uh, what on earth does Kristen Stewart have to do with that girl's comments? I've seen the Katy stans wishing the two were together. All the Twi/THG/HP stars have to deal with a few koo koo. Too bad about the film, sounded interesting.

  • Make me laugh | April 28, 2014 7:26 PM

    Kristen Stewart has the most jealous, psychotic fans in the world, and your post proves it. Rob and Katy have been friends for 7 years. If something was going to happen, it would have happened a long, long time ago. They were single when they met and she's like one of his sisters. You don't go from Russell Brand to John Mayer to Rob. He's not her type.

  • fuji | April 28, 2014 6:51 PM

    you are alway first to comment, that's dedication.

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