By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist January 5, 2011 at 11:00AM
We have to admit, our first words upon hearing this were: "What the shit?" Haters gonna hate, but like it or not, Robert Pattinson is in a position to get things green lit, as he is taking over for Colin Farrell in David Cronenberg's "Cosmopolis."
Based on Don DeLillo‘s book of the same name, the film follows 24 hours in the life of a newly married billionaire Eric Packer (Pattinson) as he cheats on his wife, is pursued by a stalker, gets attacked by a protester and gradually loses his entire fortune over the course of a single day. The adaptation was penned by Cronenberg himself and cast is currently rounded out by Marion Cotillard who will play Pattinson's wife and Paul Giamatti as one of the two men stalking the billionaire. Let's just slow this down for a second: Robert Pattinson and Marion Cotillard are going to play a married couple? Please.
So why has Farrell bailed? Well, with the actor recently signed on to star in the "Total Recall" reboot that is scheduled to go in front of cameras this spring, roughly around the same time as Cronenberg's film and we figure the bigger paycheck won out. The current plan is for Pattinson to finish his work on "Twilight: Breaking Dawn" with Bill Condon and move right on over to Cronenberg's film.
Well, we suppose we're glad "Cosmopolis" is still getting made but we think the Pattinson casting is totally, totally wrong. But maybe he'll prove us wrong.....right?