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Robert Pattinson Says He Shoots Olivier Assayas' Gangster Pic 'Idol's Eye' In November

by Kevin Jagernauth
May 21, 2014 10:53 AM
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It has already been a busy 2014 for Robert Pattinson, and he's not slowing down any time soon. The actor will be leaving the Cannes Film Festival feeling pretty good, receiving good notices both "The Rover" (review here) and "Maps To The Stars" (review here). And not only does he have promising projects in the can and still to come — Werner Herzog's "Queen Of The Desert" and Anton Corbijn's "Life" — on the horizon, he has James Gray's "The Lost City Of Z" and a possible project with Harmony Korine. And now you can add a movie with Olivier Assayas to the list.

Last week, the filmmaker revealed he had Pattinson lined up to star in his next film, and this week, the actor confirms his involvement in an interview with La Nouvel Observateur (watch below). Pattinson says he'll be shooting the film in November, and shares that it's about a group of men who rob a porn store only to find out it's actually a mafia front. And from that description, it sounds a lot like "Hubris," the project Assayas lined up last year. In fact we'd wager it's the same one, but it seems there's been a title change.

Le Monde (via Looking For More) reports that the film is titled "Idol's Eye" and it will have a budget of $30 million. And we already know that the film is based on a 2007 Playboy article called "Boosting The Big Tuna" by Hillel Levin and is inspired by actual events, in which a bunch of regular criminals accidentally robbed Chicago mafia boss Tony Accardo.

In fact, Assayas has confirmed this himself adding that it will be his first U.S. production. "My next film will be in the U.S. We are shooting in Chicago and it’s a genre movie based on a real story, called 'Idol’s Eye,' the name of a famous diamond," he told THR. "If everything goes according to plan it should be shooting by late fall."

Very promising stuff, and hopefully full details about this one arrive soon, and they likely will, with cameras slated to roll in less than six months.

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  • Tracy | May 21, 2014 7:19 PMReply

    His accent may make the difference here, but pretty sure that in the 70's real case they robbed a pawn store, not a porn store. lol.

  • Mi | May 21, 2014 12:05 PMReply

    Did The Playlist edit this video?If did,thanks for showing more respect that the journalists who made that interview.

  • Rory | May 22, 2014 9:28 PM

    I didn't notice any editing. They asked and he answered.

    I like the fact how he didn't avoid the mention of Stewart in interviews, but deflected the answer to mention something relevant to his career (like how he met with Assayas years ago and has been attached to the script for ages. He got the role on his own, through his own connection with the director).

    Mature and professional thing to do. The product of having moved on from her. When you've moved on you can be neutral.

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