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Robert Pattinson Will Hunt For Saddam Hussein In 'Mission: Blacklist'

by Kevin Jagernauth
May 2, 2012 10:19 PM
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Franchise? Check. Working with an auteur? Check. Making a period movie based on classic book? Check. Looks like one of the last things Robert Pattinson has to check off his bucket list, besides making a comedy (though some would argue he's done that already), is making a movie about an Important Subject. Well, consider it done.

Every teenage girl's favorite vampire has signed up for "Mission: Blacklist" and his prey will be one of the most notorious figures of our time. Based on the book "Mission: Blacklist #1," the psychological thriller will be based on the true story of military interrogator Eric Maddox (who wrote the novel with Davin Seay) about the hunt for Saddam Hussein, and the events that led him to uncover the wanted leader in a spiderhole in Tikrit. The film will get some grit and a taste of authenticity from "Band Of Brothers" writer and producer Erik Jendresen who's penning the script. Some guy named Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire will direct in what looks to be his feature debut.

The project will be available for buyers at Cannes and we're guessing everyone will want to see how RPatz does in David Cronenberg's "Cosmopolis" before they sink their cash into this. Outside of the "Twilight" franchise, Pattinson hasn't been a solid gold seller, with one well performing hit in "Water For Elephants" and one miss with "Remember Me" (and perhaps two misses with "Bel Ami" which has done modestly overseas, and opens in limited release this summer against a slew of blockbusters). So we'll see how this pans out. [Deadline]

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  • Tim | November 4, 2012 1:56 AMReply

    CAN SOMEBODY PLEASE STOP GIVING HIM WORK! There are far more talented actors than him who are more worthy of the spotlight. He's trying to prove that he's a real actor? Hollywood has given him enough chances already. And he proves time and time again that he can't act.

  • Jane | May 3, 2012 5:10 PMReply

    Rob is an amazing actor, he's smart, beautiful, smart, intelligent and his face is that of an Adonis. He will keep going forward and I know Rob fans will totally enjoy the ride. This has nothing to do with twilight. So folks stop bringing it up. And I'm glad to be his fan *sighs*
    He is going to become one of the great actors in the future...hold on tight! I know Rob fans, true Rob fans will be watching this.

  • Tom | May 3, 2012 9:03 AMReply

    A military interrogator? Pattinson? Are they joking?

  • jmo | May 3, 2012 8:59 AMReply

    Rob is a very good actor. I think he will do well. Don't understand the hate. Wish him the best! i will be seeing this movie!

  • KT | May 3, 2012 7:06 AMReply

    31 comments for this motherfucker!? Jesus Chris, people...

  • Sam | May 3, 2012 3:18 AMReply

    My, My, so much hate.. I love how ANY article on Pattinson brings out so many haters.. he can't act.. wooden expressions.. blah fucking blah! cut him some slack you guys I was once like that.. when I heard he'll be playing Eric Packer in "Cosmopolis".. I went totally bat shit crazy but the trailers proved me wrong in fact "Cosmopolis" looks so completely made of awesome that I'm convinced it will be my future fave movie! plus I kinda liked him on "Water for Elephants" and "How to be".. anyways I won't judge him again before seeing anything.. looking forward to this one now! make me happy again Robby boy! I know you can do this! and for the 'nobody'director Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire.. I watched "Johnny Mad Dog".. though it's not one of the best I saw.. I think he can pull this off! good luck you guys!

  • Kay | May 3, 2012 1:31 AMReply

    Instead of writing this off like the rest of this supportive crew here I looked up the director's work on IMDb. His film 'Johnny Mad Dog' about Liberia's child soldiers did very well critically. Guardian 5 stars and won at Cannes 2008

  • Vene | May 3, 2012 12:33 AMReply

    He is getting better. I'm hoping Cosmopolis will be a hit. But, honestly, he is not ready for anything military. Except maybe as a cadet. This role will overwhelm him, and he won't be believable. He needs to do more character movies, before trying something like this. This the type of role that makes or breaks an actor.

  • O | May 3, 2012 10:13 AM

    It's not about size. It's about demeanor and presence, neither which this actor has. He looks like a little boy playing dress up.

  • Beth | May 3, 2012 10:04 AM

    He's not playing some macho, gun-toting soldier, so don't get your panties in a twist. He's playing an Army interrogator. One, by the way, that claims he used no violence or torture to get his results. In fact, his methods were pretty much the opposite of what they teach, which is why he's well known now.

    Since when are all Army people massive hulks like Tom Hardy? Only in the movies. Head down to any Army base around and you'll find...normal people. Most are in shape, but most are not Sly Stallone.

  • Leone | May 3, 2012 3:29 AM

    @Mary why are you writing the same thing on every site posting about this movie?.. this is what I don't understand about you haters.. when we hate something we don't give a shit about it.. but here you are writing and spending hours on something you don't like.. you need a better hobby darling.

  • Mary | May 3, 2012 12:46 AM

    This is definitely not his wheelhouse and he's going to sink under the material. He already got panned for not having enough gravitas in Bel Ami. This is a miscast. It probably should have gone to somebody like Tom Hardy.

  • ryan gosling | May 3, 2012 12:28 AMReply

    Realistically, I doubt many people are going to see this movie anyway.

  • 88 | May 3, 2012 12:22 AMReply

    I don't see how this is bad news for any of you: an actor YOU don't like in a movie YOU won't see.

  • ............ | May 2, 2012 11:45 PMReply

    I didn't know military interrogators have womanly hips. Please, this is too funny to be true. RPats is the worst actor of this generation.

  • John | May 2, 2012 11:41 PMReply

    He can't act to save his life and the director is almost unknown. I smell straight to UK television all over this one.

  • Tri | May 2, 2012 11:48 PM

    According to Deadline the director is Jean-Stéphane Sauvair - pretty much a no name.

  • John | May 2, 2012 11:47 PM

    "Robert Pattinson has come on board to star in the upcomingfilm “Mission: Blacklist” with Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire committed to direct."

  • a | May 2, 2012 11:43 PM

    "No word yet on who will direct"

  • George | May 2, 2012 11:35 PMReply

    LOL. I didn't really expect the Pavlovian behavior to begin so soon. Just type the name Pattinson and they come out of the woodwork. Playlist what has happened to the level of the readers here?

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  • mike | May 2, 2012 11:31 PMReply

    Well, he hasn't managed to give a good performance in front of a camera yet. Hopefully once Twilight is over, so will he.

  • ashley | May 2, 2012 11:30 PMReply

    Lmao this should be hilarious. The boy can't act.

  • George | May 2, 2012 11:09 PMReply

    3-2-1.. Waiting for the kneejerk negatives to be posted. I say give him a chance. This kid is making some interesting choices. He is not a bad actor although some projects overall, admittedly, have been weak. He did well in Water for Elephants and I, for one, am looking forward to Cosmopolis. This has some potential. It doesn't appear to be an actioner but has a very intriguing premise and a strong screenwriter.

  • Lee | May 3, 2012 12:03 AM

    right. He could easily gave up and be mere pretty face instead, taking any role and beating down Alex Pettyfer. He actually very good in Remember Me, the problem is the script was such a crapola--the same thing happened in Water for Elephants.

  • S | May 2, 2012 11:41 PM

    Well, I think people have given him a change. I tried Remember Me. He was terrible. I tried Water for Elephants. Another dead, blank performance. The reviews for Bel Ami from Berlinale were laughably bad. I'm not sure how many chances he has to be given before many say "no, he can't act."

    But, really, he can't act.

  • @Jean | May 2, 2012 11:24 PM

    Sorry, you obviously know no military interrogators. I do say he did well in Water for Elephants . That is my own opinion. Haven't seen the other film so I won't try to speak to it without that experience, unlike others. For not liking this guy, you sure put yourself through alot seeing his films (if you actually have) . This is no longer a film site but a site for individuals to show their coolness and and to fall in line with the status quo which for this kid is overbearing, undeserved (again in my opinion) negativity.

  • paul | May 2, 2012 11:21 PM

    i actually enjoyed water for elephants, and thought he was 2nd best after waltz. cosmopolis looks amazing, and say what you want about pattinson he is making some interesting choices with his films. he could have just done nothing but sparks type films, and took the easy way.

  • Jean | May 2, 2012 11:16 PM

    I question your taste level if you think he did 'well' in Water for Elephants. He was as animated as a block of wood in that movie. And well, I did read the review for his performance in Bel Ami on this very site. Awful.

    I don't think there's a great clamoring to see a story about the capture of Saddam Hussein nor do I think Pattinson has anything in him that can possibly realistically convey 'military interrogator.'

  • Eric | May 2, 2012 11:03 PMReply

    This has fail written all over it. Movies about current political and military events don't usually do well at the box office and anything starring the lousy actor Pattinson is sure to be garbage.

  • Mike | May 2, 2012 11:46 PM

    I think the point is movies that have either dealt with 9/11 or the Iraqi War haven't done well at the box office because those events are still fresh in the public's mind. The war in Iraq just ended. We're still at war in Afghanistan. When you can hear about this stuff on the nightly news it makes people less apt to want to see a movie about it.

  • Lucas | May 2, 2012 11:26 PM

    "Movies about current political and military events". Ehm Saddam was captured in 2003.

  • paul | May 2, 2012 10:48 PMReply

    if erik jendresen can bring his magic to this film i'll watch. loved band of brothers.

  • Eric | May 2, 2012 11:58 PM

    I agree with Mike. This is all tied into 9/11 and the war on terror. We are inundated with anything pertaining to terrorism and Middle East conflicts and wars on a daily basis. Plus, I don't think a movie showing a bunch of military interrogations, led by a guy who hasn't learned that acting requires something more than constantly having a wooden and blank look on your face, is going to be all that exciting.

  • kaman | May 2, 2012 10:41 PMReply

    Remember Me made $56m on a $16m budget. I think that's a win but I guess if you have an agenda the facts don't matter. I'm happy to see Rob is continuing to challenge himself with his career choices and not taking the easy Rom Com.

  • Oogle monster | May 3, 2012 7:57 AM

    Considering the films marketing angle was primarily Pattinson/this was in the midst of Twilight-craziness.... it was expected to do much better. Plus, it was terrible and numbers can't justify a shitty film with equally shitty acting. After all, just take one quick look at Twilight...

  • Tim Tebow | May 2, 2012 10:31 PMReply

    Robert can you quit acting please, God Bless

  • kanerwa | May 3, 2012 1:47 PM

    00gle- you are spamming in almost every R.Pattinson's thread,so what are you looking for here?Don't you have hatesites for your garbage?

  • Oogle monster | May 3, 2012 7:54 AM

    I love it when rando's aka Kay and company start leaving comments on this site when it only has it to do with Pattinson. Don't you guys have fansites for this kind of garbage? Anyway interesting subject, horrible actor.

  • Tuesday | May 2, 2012 10:45 PM

    Arguably one of the worst actors working today. Sorry Twihards.

  • Kay | May 2, 2012 10:42 PM

    Are you nuts? He is arguably becoming the most versatile actor out there. He has not only looks but talent, charisma and is a rare breed. Well done Rob! We love you!

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