Robert Pattinson and Mission: Blacklist have parted ways. Pattinson, whose name had been attached to the project for two years — since Cannes 2012 — has reportedly dropped out due to scheduling issues. Now, what could those issues be?
Well, Robert Pattinson, best known (at least for the time being) as the vampire Edward Cullen in the immensely popular Twilight movie franchise, has no less than two movies opening at Cannes 2014: David Michôd’s thriller The Rover, co-starring Guy Pearce, which will be shown as one of Cannes’ Midnight Screenings, and David Cronenberg’s Maps to the Stars, also featuring Julianne Moore, John Cusack, Mia Wasikowska, and Carrie Fisher, and which is in the running for the Palme d’Or.
There’s more: Robert Pattinson has recently completed work on Anton Corbijn’s Life, with Pattinson as photographer Dennis Stock, Dane DeHaan as James Dean, Ben Kingsley as Jack Warner, Alessandra Mastronardi as Pier Angeli, and Joel Edgerton as Magnum photo editor John Morris. Pattinson has also played T.E. Lawrence (Peter O’Toole in David Lean’s Lawrence of Arabia) opposite Nicole Kidman, James Franco, and Damian Lewis in Werner Herzog’s Queen of the Desert.
There’s still more: As per the IMDb, Robert Pattinson has his name attached to James Gray’s The Lost City of Z, also starring Benedict Cumberbatch; in addition to the James Marsh thriller Hold On to Me, opposite Carey Mulligan, and Brady Corbet’s The Childhood of a Leader, also to (potentially) feature Juliette Binoche and Tim Roth.
Robert Pattinson: Not enough time to prepare for ‘Mission: Blacklist’
According to TheWrap, citing an unnamed source "familiar with the situation," Pattinson didn’t have enough time to get ready "for his demanding role" in Mission: Blacklist. He was to star as U.S. military interrogator Eric Maddox, whose work reportedly led to the capture of Saddam Hussein in the aftermath of the invasion of Iraq.
Director Jesper Ganslandt (Falkenberg Farewell, Blondie), who replaced Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire, remains attached to Mission: Blacklist. The thriller has a screenplay by Erik Jendresen, Dylan Kussman, and Trace Sheehan, based on Maddox and Davin Seay’s book Mission: Black List #1: The Inside Story of the Search for Saddam Hussein — As Told by the Soldier Who Masterminded His Capture. The Mission: Blacklist producers are Jendresen, Kevin Waller, Ross Dinerstein, and Code Entertainment’s Bart Rosenblatt.
The filmmakers reportedly hope to start production this fall, with another actor replacing Robert Pattinson — and, obviously, another set of eyes for the film’s poster.
Robert Pattinson movies
Believe it or not, Robert Pattinson has been making movies for about a decade. Pattinson’s film credits include a small role in Mira Nair’s Vanity Fair (2004), starring Reese Witherspoon as Becky Sharp; the role of Cedric Diggory in Mike Newell’s Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005), starring Daniel Radcliffe; and, gasp!, playing a gay Salvador Dalí opposite Javier Beltrán as Federico García Lorca and Matthew McNulty as Luis Buñuel in Paul Morrison’s Little Ashes (2008).
More recent Robert Pattinson movies include Allen Coulter’s Remember Me (2010), with Emilie de Ravin and Chris Cooper; Francis Lawrence’s romantic drama Water for Elephants (2011), with Reese Witherspoon and Christoph Waltz; Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod’s Bel Ami (2012), with Uma Thurman, Christina Ricci, and Kristin Scott Thomas; and David Cronenberg’s Cannes 2012 entry Cosmopolis, featuring Sarah Gadon, Juliette Binoche, Jay Baruchel, Mathieu Amalric, Samantha Morton, and Paul Giamatti.
Robert Pattinson’s five Twilight movies, with Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner, are the following: Catherine Hardwicke’s Twilight (2008), Chris Weitz’s New Moon (2009), David Slade’s Eclipse (2010), and Bill Condon’s Breaking Dawn - Part 1 (2011) and Breaking Dawn - Part 2 (2012). Other Twilight cast regulars included Peter Facinelli, Billy Burke, Nikki Reed, Ashley Greene, Elizabeth Reaser, Kellan Lutz, Jackson Rathbone, Dakota Fanning, Anna Kendrick, Michael Welch, and Michael Sheen.
Dane DeHaan and Robert Pattinson Life movie photo: See-Saw Films / First Generation Films.