Robert Pattinson E.T. Astronaut

Robert Pattinson actorRobert Pattinson: Actor to play E.T. astronaut.

Robert Pattinson to star for Claire Denis

If all goes as planned, Robert Pattinson will get to star in French screenwriter-director Claire Denis' recently announced – and as yet untitled – English-language sci-fier, penned by Denis and White Teeth author Zadie Smith and her novelist husband Nick Laird, from an original idea by Denis and writing partner Jean-Pol Fargeau.

Among Claire Denis' credits are the interracial love story Chocolat (1988), the sociopolitical drama White Material (2009), and the generally well-regarded Billy Budd reboot Beau Travail (1999), winner of the César Award for Best Cinematography (Agnès Godard).

Robert Pattinson, for his part, is best known for playing the veggie vampire in the wildly popular Twilight movies co-starring Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner.

Robert Pattinson, astronaut

In Claire Denis' film, Robert Pattinson is slated to play an E.T. astronaut.

But what happens to said astronaut? Does he get stranded in space after a head-on solar system collision à la Sandra Bullock and George Clooney in Alfonso Cuarón's Gravity? Or does he get stuck on an inhospitable planet à la Matt Damon in The Martian (or, for that matter, Paul Mantee in Byron Haskin's Robinson Crusoe on Mars)?

Or perhaps he tears through the time-space fabric à la Jodie Foster in Robert Zemeckis' Contact and Matthew McConaughey in Christopher Nolan's Interstellar. Or maybe he'll remain stuck in the time-space fabric – while finding romance in outer space – like Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt in Morten Tyldum's upcoming Passengers.

Who knows?

The film's plot details are being kept under wraps – à la Steven Spielberg's Close Encounters of the Third Kind, your average Woody Allen movie, and Banksy's bemusement theme park.

Thus far, what is known is that Denis' venture into sci-fi filmmaking will take place beyond the solar system in a “future that seems like the present.” Now, this is quite a cryptic statement. Think about it: the present as we, poor little self-destructive earthlings, know it, or the present currently experienced by the living beings in that world far, far away?

Your guess is as good as mine.

Robert Pattinson Life movieRobert Pattinson in 'Life' movie with Dane DeHaan.

Anyhow, Robert Pattinson and Claire Denis should start filming early in 2016 in Cologne. The movie is a French-German coproduction for Alcatraz Films – which produced Denis' most recent feature, Bastards (2013) – and Pandora Filmproduktion.

According to a Screen Daily article, the producers have amassed an eclectic group of collaborators:

  • Artist Olafur Eliasson, known for his Tate Modern installation The Weather Project. He had previously worked with Claire Denis on a short film to coincide with his late 2014 exhibition “Contact” in Paris.
  • Astrophysicist Aurélien Barrau, “known for his work on black holes and cosmology.”
  • Tindersticks' Stuart Staples, who had previously worked with Denis on White Material and 35 Shots of Rum.

Claire Denis movies

Claire Denis' feature film debut, Chocolat, probably remains her best-known release internationally. Most of her other films have been slow-moving (or “deliberately paced”) efforts focusing on less than audience-friendly characters.

Below is a trio of Denis' most recent additions to her oeuvre:

  • Bastards / Les salauds (2013). A psychological drama starring Chiara Mastroianni and Vincent Lindon.
  • White Material (2009). Set in Africa like Chocolat, this drama stars Isabelle Huppert, Christopher Lambert, Nicolas Duvauchelle, William Nadylam, Isaach De Bankolé, and Michel Subor.
  • 35 Shots of Rum / 35 Rhums (2008). A family drama reportedly inspired by Yasujiro Ozu's Late Spring. In the cast: Mati Diop, Alex Descas, Grégoire Colin, and Nicole Dogue.
Robert Pattinson in 'Life' movie trailer.

Robert Pattinson movies

The London-born, 29-year-old Robert Pattinson, much like his fellow Twilight player Kristen Stewart, has been focusing on independent filmmaking.

In recent years, Pattinson has starred for the likes of David Cronenberg (Cosmopolis, the criminally neglected Maps to the Stars), Werner Herzog (Queen of the Desert), and David Michôd (The Rover, which earned him a Best Supporting Actor Australian Academy Award nomination).

Below is a list of upcoming Robert Pattinson movies and film projects.

  • Anton Corbijn's Life (2015), which debuted at the Berlin Film Festival. Pattinson plays Life magazine photographer Dennis Stock, opposite Dane DeHaan's James Dean. Also in the cast: Joel Edgerton, Ben Kingsley as studio head Jack Warner, Kelly McCreary as Eartha Kitt, Alessandra Mastronardi as Pier Angeli, Michael Therriault as Elia Kazan, Lauren Gallagher as Natalie Wood, and Eva Fisher as Judy Garland.
  • Brady Corbet's The Childhood of a Leader (2015), to debut at the Venice Film Festival next month. Besides Robert Pattinson, the political / psychological thriller features Liam Cunningham, Bérénice Bejo, Stacy Martin, Sophie Curtis, Michael Epp, and Caroline Boulton. Its international sales agent, Protagonist Pictures, describes The Childhood of a Leader as a “chilling fable about the rise of fascism in the 20th Century … Loosely inspired by the early childhood experiences of many of the great dictators of the 20th Century and infused with the same sense of dread as The Others and The Omen, The Childhood of a Leader is an ominous portrait of emerging evil.” Shades of Michael Haneke's The White Band as well, it seems. Here's hoping the film is as intriguing as it sounds.
  • Werner Herzog's Queen of the Desert (2015), which, like Life, debuted at the Berlin Film Festival. In the cast: Robert Pattinson as T.E. Lawrence (Peter O'Toole in David Lean's Lawrence of Arabia), Nicole Kidman in the title role as Gertrude Bell, James Franco, Damian Lewis, David Calder, Holly Earl, and veteran Jenny Agutter (Logan's Run, Walkabout).
  • James Gray's adventure drama The Lost City of Z (2016). Charlie Hunnam stars as British explorer Percival Fawcett, with Robert Pattinson as fellow explorer Henry Costin, and Sienna Miller as Percival's wife, Nina Fawcett. Shades of Stanley and Livingstone, except that, unlike Cedric Hardwicke in the 1939 movie, Fawcett – whose exploits reportedly inspired Arthur Conan Doyle's The Lost World – got lost in the Amazon forever.
  • Ben Safdie and Joshua Safdie's announced crime drama Good Time.
  • Harmony Korine's announced crime thriller The Trap, also featuring James Franco, Benicio Del Toro, Al Pacino, and Idris Elba.

Robert Pattinson movies that weren't

In the recent past, Robert Pattinson was also attached to Mission: Blacklist, but that didn't come to pass. To be directed by Jesper Ganslandt, the film remains listed on the IMDb, but without any cast members included.

Another cancelled Pattinson film project was Idol's Eye, which was also to have starred Robert De Niro and Rachel Weisz. Olivier Assayas – who had previously guided Kristen Stewart in Clouds of Sils Maria – was to have directed.

See also: “Robert Pattinson Hates Twilight?”


The news of Robert Pattinson's casting was first reported in L'Express.

Claire Denis movies' info via the IMDb.

Robert Pattinson movies' info via the IMDb.

Dane DeHaan and Robert Pattinson Life movie image: See-Saw Films / First Generation Films.

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2 Comments to Robert Pattinson E.T. Astronaut

  1. janet interdonatoj

    am excited about robert pattinsons role as an e.t. heard he might be contribiuting as a screen writer-read that he is a talented writer, hope he doesnot wear a bushy beard in the film hope he gives this film his all and shows the talent that he has. he is an excellent actor and very underrated. i wish him all the luck with all the projects he will be working on.cannot wait to see him on the big screen again. he deserves recognition and great reviews.

  2. guest

    Do you write about kstew or Robert Pattinson's movie with Denis?I don't understand this mentioning of twilight co-star.If you write about Jen Lawrence do you write about Nick Hoult too?Or when you write about upcoming movie with Daniel Radcliffe do you mention Emma Watson and her career choices?And what is the point of writing about movies that weren't made?????????