In this Bel Ami picture, Robert Pattinson's Georges Duroy seduces Uma Thurman's Madeleine Forestier. Like fellow The Twilight Saga player Kristen Stewart, Pattinson has up to now taken the indie route when not incarnating the lovestruck vampire Edward Cullen opposite Stewart's Bella Swan. [The above Bel Ami photo has been cropped to fit this column. See full-size, high-resolution Robert Pattinson / Uma Thurman in BEL AMI photo.]
Before bringing to life Guy de Maupassant's ambitious, amoral Bel Ami anti-hero, the ex-soldier Georges Duroy, Robert Pattinson played Salvador Dali in Paul Morrison's Little Ashes (though admittedly, that was before Twilight). More recently, Pattinson was the rebellious New Yorker Tyler Hawkins in Allen Coulter's Remember Me, which has done surprisingly well at the overseas box office, obviously as a result of Pattinson's Twilight popularity.
Next for Robert Pattinson is Water for Elephants, a 20th Century Fox release in which he'll be surrounded by Oscar winners and nominees, among them fellow players Reese Witherspoon (Walk the Line), Christoph Waltz (Inglourious Basterds), and Hal Holbrook (Into the Wild, which coincidentally also features Kristen Stewart).
Directed by London stage veterans Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod, and written by Rachel Bennette, in addition to Robert Pattinson and Uma Thurman, Bel Ami also features Christina Ricci, Kristin Scott Thomas, Colm Meaney, and Holliday Grainger.
Robert Pattinson / Uma Thurman / Bel Ami photo: 19 Entertainment.