Robert Pattinson was officially cast in Mission: Blacklist, as American military interrogator Eric Maddox, about ten days or so ago. Producing company Embankment Films isn't wasting any time. The sales poster for Mission: Blacklist, which will be peddled at the Cannes Film Festival, has been making the rounds online for several days.
“In a World of Lies Only One Man Could See the Truth.” That man was apparently Pattinson's Maddox, who claimed to have eschewed torture while trying to figure out the whereabouts of fallen Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein. The brief Mission: Blacklist plot synopsis reads as follows:
Unlike other Interrogators fresh out of training, Eric Maddox (Robert Pattinson) has a brilliant and beautiful mind. He has a unique ability to decipher highly complex patterns from seemingly random events.
His mission is to trap the world's most wanted man, Saddam Hussein - and he must defy his superiors to uncover his prey. The closer he gets to the truth, the more dangerous the hunt becomes…
I thought Osama bin Laden was the world's most wanted man, but never mind. Mission: Blacklist is based on (or perhaps merely “inspired by”) factual events. Maddox offered his version of the story in his 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. (Note that the Mission: Impossible-like colon could already be found in the book's title. It's not something made up for the movie version.)
Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire, whose child-soldier war drama Johnny Mad Dog won the Regard Hope Award at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival, will direct Mission: Blacklist. Working on the screenplay are Erik Jendressen (The Big Bang / Band of Brothers), actor-turned-screenwriter Dylan Kussman (X2 / Leatherheads), and actor-producer Trace Sheehan (Grace & Mercy / The Bounceback).
Robert Pattinson Movies in 2012
Robert Pattinson, who has also been cast in David Michod's action-drama The Rover, has three movies coming out in 2012. They are:
- David Cronenberg's Cosmopolis, a Cannes Film Festival entry featuring A Dangerous Method's Sarah Gadon, The English Patient's Juliette Binoche, Win Win's Paul Giamatti, The Messenger's Samantha Morton, Resident Evil: Retribution's Kevin Durand, Quantum of Solace's Mathieu Amalric, and The Black Marks' Jay Baruchel.
- Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod's Bel Ami, which has already opened in the UK and several other countries, and is currently available on VOD in the US. In addition to Robert Pattinson, the period piece features Uma Thurman, Kristin Scott Thomas, Christina Ricci, Colm Meaney, and Holliday Grainger. Bel Ami's US theatrical release date is June 8.
- And finally, Bill Condon's The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2, which opens on November 16. Robert Pattinson co-stars with Kristen Stewart (who will also be at Cannes, in Walter Salles' On the Road) and Taylor Lautner. Besides the Edward-Bella-Jacob trio, Breaking Dawn 2 features Twilight / New Moon / Eclipse / Breaking Dawn - Part 1 regulars Elizabeth Reaser, Peter Facinelli, Dakota Fanning, Nikki Reed, Ashley Greene, Kellan Lutz, Jackson Rathbone, Booboo Stewart, Michael Sheen, Julia Jones, Billy Burke, and others.
Robert Pattinson / Mission: Blacklist / Embankment Films info via Rpattzdaily.