Robert Pattinson News: 'Triumph of Mediocrity' + Iraq War & Dystopian Future

by Zac Gille

Robert Pattinson news: Eclectic film projects

Bel Ami movie Robert PattinsonJune 26 update: In Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod's Bel Ami, a movie adaptation (written by Rachelle Bennette) of Guy de Maupassant's 19th-century novel, Robert Pattinson (photo) plays Georges Duroy, a former soldier who climbs to the top of Parisian society by having sex with the right women (Uma Thurman, Kristin Scott Thomas, Christina Ricci). The nickname “Bel Ami” (“Beautiful / Handsome Friend”) is given to Duroy by the young daughter of one of his lovers. (Please scroll down to check out the Bel Ami movie featurette.)

North American reviews for Bel Ami (shot in 2010, but released this year) have been overwhelmingly negative. The period drama has a dismal 9 percent approval rating and a 4.4/10 average among Rotten Tomatoes' top critics. For comparison's sake: Adam Sandler's box office flop That's My Boy has an 11 percent approval rating and a 2.3/10 average and Timur Bekmambetov's Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter has a 26 percent approval rating and a 4.3/10 average. At the film's core, Robert Pattinson has also received his share of critical barbs.

Disagreeing with critics: Bel Ami a solid drama, Robert Pattinson outstanding

So, is Robert Pattinson's Bel Ami movie all that bad? I certainly didn't think so. In fact, I was pleasantly surprised by the film. For one, Pattinson is outstanding as the initially clueless – but consistently ambitious – Georges Duroy, creating a believably sympathetic portrayal of a cunning, calculating cad-in-the-making. Considering that Bel Ami isn't a comedy, that's a more difficult accomplishment than one might give Pattinson credit for.

Another Bel Ami highlight is Kristin Scott Thomas, whose role is unfortunately much too small. Scott Thomas plays Mme Rousset, the older woman Duroy uses to get back at her husband (Colm Meaney), a bastion of Parisian society and a ruthless, corrupt man who makes the mistake of underestimating the half-illiterate ex-soldier.

Kristin Scott Thomas' Bel Ami 'petition'

In the Bel Ami movie featurette below, Scott Thomas explains she “petitioned” to be a part of the film. “I wrote to Declan and said, 'Listen, you've got to let me play Madame Rousset.'” Bel Ami is a richer movie because Donnellan and Ormerod accepted her “petition.”

Kristin Scott Thomas was nominated for a Best Actress Academy Award for her performance as Ralph Fiennes' doomed love interest in Anthony Minghella's 1996 Best Picture Oscar winner The English Patient. Uma Thurman, who plays the independent-minded Madeleine Forestier in Bel Ami, was a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nominee for Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction (1994).

Robert Pattinson hasn't been nominated for anything apart from the MTV Movie Awards and the People's Choice Awards – and the Razzies. But if there's any justice – and his performance in Bel Ami is any indication of his maturing as an actor – Pattinson will sooner rather later find himself shortlisted for an Oscar or a BAFTA or some such.

Robert Pattinson Bel Ami movie picture: Magnolia Pictures.

Robert Pattinson CannesRobert Pattinson in Cannes.

Robert Pattinson in Cannes: 'Cosmopolis'

May 25, '12, update: David Cronenberg's chaotic comedy-drama Cosmopolis was screened today (May 25) at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, where the director, accompanied by actors Robert Pattinson, Sarah Gadon, Paul Giamatti, and Emily Hampshire, posed for photographers. The film is in the running for the Palme d'Or.

A larger version of the Robert Pattinson photo above has been posted at Just Jared, which has several other images from Cosmopolis' Cannes photocall.

'The history and the past'

Reviews were mixed for Cosmopolis, which some found too talky. On the other hand, they were highly positive for Robert Pattinson, best known until now for his lovestruck vampire Edward Cullen in the Twilight movies. (See also: “Robert Pattinson 'Flawless' in Cosmopolis.”)

According to Just Jared, when Pattinson was asked a Twilight-related question, Cronenberg interfered, telling the journalist that the 26-year-old actor is a “real person with a history and a past. The history and the past is not Twilight. It is Cosmopolis.”

In addition to Robert Pattinson (as the young multibillionaire New Yorker Eric Packer), Sarah Gadon, Paul Giamatti, and Emily Hampshire, the Cosmopolis cast includes Juliette Binoche, Samantha Morton, Jay Baruchel, Mathieu Amalric, Kevin Durand, and Patricia McKenzie. Cosmopolis opened in France this week.

Robert Pattinson Movies in 2012

In addition to Cosmopolis, Robert Pattinson has two other 2012 releases:

  • Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod's Bel Ami, which has already opened in several countries and is currently available on VOD in the United States. This latest film version of Guy de Maupassant's novel features Pattinson as an ambitious, impoverished ex-soldier, plus Uma Thurman, Kristin Scott Thomas, Christina Ricci, Colm Meaney, and Holliday Grainger. Bel Ami's U.S. theatrical release date is June 8.
  • Bill Condon's The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2, the last installment in the Twilight movie franchise, which opens on Nov. 16. Pattinson co-stars with Kristen Stewart (whose On the Road was also screened – to mixed reviews – at Cannes) and Taylor Lautner. Additionally, Breaking Dawn 2 features franchise 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.

The previous Twilight movies are:

  • Catherine Hardwicke's Twilight (2008).
  • Chris Weitz's New Moon (2009).
  • David Slade's Eclipse (2010).
  • Bill Condon's Breaking Dawn - Part 1 (2011).

Robert Pattinson Cannes Film Festival photo via Just Jared.

May 12

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He's got Robert Pattinson's eyes: Mission: Blacklist poster

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.

May 8

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Robert Pattinson news: Bel Ami film box office

Bel Ami's box office performance has been surprisingly sturdy since the Robert Pattinson film opened in late Feb./early March, in a handful of territories. Up to the end of April, in only nine countries – of which only three are major markets – the Bel Ami film version of Guy de Maupassant's novel has taken in $6.12 million as found at Box Office Mojo. That's not bad at all for a movie budgeted at $11.8 million.

Now, although Bel Ami's corrected figure is considerably more modest than the one originally reported, that doesn't change the fact that Robert Pattinson's movie has mostly been performing surprisingly well, especially for a period piece that received mixed reviews and no major studio / distributor marketing push. I've added a few comparisons in the ensuing paragraphs.

Robert Pattinson's Twilight popularity surely helped Bel Ami gross a solid $3.14 million in Russia. For comparison's sake: Tarsem Singh's Mirror Mirror, starring an established star like Julia Roberts and costing $85 million – about eight times Bel Ami's budget – collected $9.73 million in that country.

At no. 31 on Box Office Mojo's Russian chart for 2012, Bel Ami earned more money than the Oscar winner The Artist, Rachel McAdams / Channing Tatum's US sleeper hit The Vow, George Lucas' Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace 3D, Mark Wahlberg's Contraband, Steven Spielberg's War Horse, Meryl Streep's The Iron Lady, Clint Eastwood / Leonardo DiCaprio's J. Edgar, Mel Gibson's Get the Gringo, and Matt Damon / Scarlett Johansson's We Bought a Zoo. And nearly three times more than George Clooney's The Descendants and The Ides of March combined. [Note: figures for The Avengers and other movies that opened last weekend in Russia haven't been updated yet. That means Bel Ami is down – at least – one spot on the Russian chart.]

At no. 44, Bel Ami earned a not inconsiderable $1.39 million in Italy, where it opened in mid-April. The Robert Pattinson movie is already only slightly behind Emma Stone / Viola Davis' The Help ($1.56m) and War Horse ($1.43 million), and ahead of Daniel Radcliffe's The Woman in Black, Reese Witherspoon's This Means War, Brad Pitt's Moneyball, Adam Sandler's Jack and Jill, the kiddie flick Dolphin Tale, and The Phantom Menace.

Another comparison: Bel Ami opened in Italy with $868,000 at 254 theaters. Zac Efron's The Lucky One, with a reported $25 million budget and distributed by Hollywood major Warner Bros., opened two weeks later with $997,000 at 281 locations.

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Robert Pattinson photo: Bel Ami

In the United Kingdom, the home country of Robert Pattinson and much of the Bel Ami cast and behind-the-scenes talent, Pattinson's movie scored $1.14 million. It's no. 50 on the UK box office chart.

Relatively speaking, Bel Ami was a more modest performer in the U.K., especially compared to Hollywood movies, e.g., War Horse grossed $29.57 million, the Fox-distributed The Iron Lady $15.71 million, Mirror Mirror $10.78 million, and The Phantom Menace $8.23 million as per Box Office Mojo. A handful of independent releases fared much better as well, particularly the aforementioned Daniel Radcliffe movie The Woman in Black, which took in a whopping $34.55 million. Having said that, one must take into account that Bel Ami, unlike the vast majority of the more successful movies at the U.K. box office, has an “adult” theme.

In fact, the Robert Pattinson film earned a “15” certificate in the U.K. – no one under 15 allowed in theaters. The Woman in Black, on the other hand, had a “12A” rating – not recommended for those under 12, though children could watch the movie if accompanied by an adult. Steve McQueen / Michael Fassbender's Shame, which received an “18” rating and became a cause celèbre because of its theme and sex scenes, grossed $3.2 million.


Bel Ami was only slightly behind three other “15”-rated movies: Clint Eastwood / Leonardo DiCaprio's J. Edgar ($1.64 million), Roman Polanski / Kate Winslet / Jodie Foster's Carnage ($1.67 million), and Ralph Fiennes' Coriolanus, and ahead of Tom Hanks / Sandra Bullock's Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, the (modest) US sleeper hit Act of Valor, Jason Reitman / Charlize Theron's Young Adult, Madonna's W.E., and Glenn Close's Albert Nobbs. So far (figures for last weekend are unavailable), Bel Ami is distributor Studio Canal's third biggest movie of the year in the UK, behind the PG-rated Mirror Mirror and Carnage.

Bel Ami became available on VOD in the US on May 4, the same day The Avengers dominated movie news in North America. Bel Ami opens in select US and Canadian theaters on June 8. Note: the “Bel Ami Video on Demand” site refers to the gay Bel Ami, a highly popular explicit-sex site that has nothing to do with the Robert Pattinson movie.

Others in the Bel Ami cast: Kristin Scott Thomas, Christina Ricci, Colm Meaney, Natalie Tena, Holliday Grainger, Pip Torrens, James Lance, and Todd Peterson. Movie first-timers Nick Ormerod and Declan Donnellan directed from a screenplay by Rachel Bennette.

Robert Pattinson busy in 2012

Also in 2012, Robert Pattinson will be seen in two more movies:

  • David Cronenberg's Cannes Film Festival Palme d'Or contender Cosmopolis, featuring Sarah Gadon, Juliette Binoche, Paul Giamatti, Samantha Morton, Kevin Durand, Mathieu Amalric, and Jay Baruchel.
  • Bill Condon's The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2, which opens on November 16. Besides Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart (who'll also be at Cannes with Walter Salles' On the Road), and Taylor Lautner, Breaking Dawn 2 features Twilight / New Moon / Eclipse regulars Elizabeth Reaser, Peter Facinelli, Dakota Fanning, Nikki Reed, Ashley Greene, Kellan Lutz, Jackson Rathbone, Booboo Stewart, Billy Burke, Michael Sheen, and others.

Bel Ami / Robert Pattinson photo: RAI Cinema / 19 Entertainment / Redwave Films

May 3

Robert PattinsonRobert Pattinson in Mission: Blacklist, the movie version of US army interrogator Eric Maddox's book of military memoirs, Mission: Black List #1: The Inside Story of the Search for Saddam Hussein – As Told by the Soldier Who Masterminded His Capture (co-written with Davin Seay).

That's the Robert Pattinson news of yesterday, when it was announced that the Twilight and Cosmopolis actor had signed on to star in the psychological thriller written by Band of Brothers' Erik Jendresen. Johnny Mad Dog's Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire has been assigned to direct the project. (The Robert Pattinson news of today is that he has signed on to star in The Rover. More on that in my follow-up post.)

Now, even though we're dealing with the US military and prisoners of war, don't expect torture to play a role in Mission: Blacklist. Maddox claims he never tortured anyone, and has publicly come out against the use of torture. His success, Maddox says in his book, was the result of targeting the right people for questioning (low-level employees) and carefully mapping out their responses.

Saddam Hussein was captured by US forces on December 13, 2003, while hiding in a hole near a farmhouse near the Iraq city of Tikrit. Defiant to the end, Hussein was hanged on December 30, 2006.

Now, it remains to be seen whether Mission: Blacklist will be merely a hero-worshiping flick like so many other Hollywood war movies, or if it'll offer a hard-hitting, take-no-prisoners (pun intended) glimpse into US military interrogation procedures. Here's hoping it'll be the latter.

It also remains to be seen what they'll have to do to Robert Pattinson's face to make him look like Eric Maddox. Physically speaking, Pattinson and Maddox have as much in common as, say, Madonna and Evita Perón. Oh, never mind.

Anyhow, will the 26-year-old Pattinson shave off his Edward Cullen hair (Maddox is – now, at least – bald), gain weight, and manage to look 10 years older? If so, let's have him listed as a possible Best Actor Oscar contender for 2014. As per The Hollywood Reporter, Mission: Blacklist should be looking for buyers at the Cannes Film Festival later this month.

Robert Pattinson Movies in 2012

Robert Pattinson has three movies coming out this year. They are:

  • David Cronenberg's Cosmopolis, a Cannes Film Festival entry featuring A Dangerous Method's Sarah Gadon, The English Patient / Hidden's Juliette Binoche, Win Win / Cinderella Man's Paul Giamatti, Sweet and Lowdown / In America's Samantha Morton, Resident Evil: Retribution / I Am Number Four's Kevin Durand, Wild Grass / Quantum of Solace's Mathieu Amalric, and The Black Marks / The Sorcerer's Apprentice's Jay Baruchel.
  • Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod's Bel Ami, which has already opened in the UK and several other countries. In addition to Pattinson, the period piece features Uma Thurman, Kristin Scott Thomas, Christina Ricci, Colm Meaney, and Holliday Grainger in this latest film version of Guy de Maupassant's novel. Bel Ami's U.S. theatrical release date is June 8.
  • 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. In addition, 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 actorToday's Robert Pattinson casting news: Pattinson is to star in The Rover (or Rover), director David Michôd's follow-up feature to his critically acclaimed Animal Kingdom. Guy Pearce, soon to be seen in Ridley Scott's Prometheus, is also in negotiations to co-star.

According to Variety, Rover follows a man (Guy Pearce) in pursuit of a group of men (including Robert Pattinson) who stole his car in the arid Australian Outback. has the roles reversed, with Robert Pattinson pursuing car thief Guy Pearce and his pals. Either way, David Michôd wrote the screenplay based on his and Animal Kingdom co-star Joel Edgerton's idea.

The is the second Robert Pattinson casting news in the last 24 hours. Yesterday, it was reported that Pattinson had signed on to star as US military interrogator Eric Maddox in Mission: Blacklist. Pearce, for his part, may be joining the cast of Iron Man 3 and will also be seen later this year in John Hillcoat's Lawless, opposite Shia LaBeouf and Tom Hardy.

Robert Pattinson Movies in 2012

Robert Pattinson has three movies coming out this year, including Cannes Official Competition entry Cosmopolis. Here they are:

  • David Cronenberg's Cosmopolis, with Juliette Binoche, Paul Giamatti, Sarah Gadon, Samantha Morton, Mathieu Amalric, and Jay Baruchel.
  • Nick Ormerod and Declan Donnellan's Bel Ami, with Uma Thurman, Kristin Scott Thomas, and Christina Ricci.
  • Bill Condon's The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2, with Kristen Stewart, Taylor Lautner, and the usual Twilight crowd (Elizabeth Reaser, Peter Facinelli, Jackson Rathbone, Kellan Lutz, Ashley Greene, Nikki Reed, Dakota Fanning, Michael Sheen, etc.).

Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, and Michael Sheen, in fact, returned to Vancouver a few days ago to work with Bill Condon on Breaking Dawn 2 “pickup shots.” BD2 opens November 16.

Robert Pattinson The Rover 2012Robert Pattinson / Guy Pearce Drama The Rover sold in several key territories

Sept. 7, '12, update: Starring Robert Pattinson (photo) and Guy Pearce, and written and directed by David Michôd (Animal Kingdom), the Australian-set futuristic actioner The Rover has already been sold in several key territories. Village Roadshow, for one, will distribute the film in Australia and New Zealand.

Generally speaking, foreign pre-sales help to finance production of independently made movies. That being the case here, The Rover has earned some extra cash for its making.

FilmNation, which acquired most worldwide sales rights to The Rover at the Cannes Film Festival, has been pitching the dystopian actioner at the Toronto Film Festival. According to The Hollywood Reporter, The Rover has been sold to eOne Films in the United Kingdom, Canada, Belgium, The Netherlands, and Luxemburg. That's the same company handling the North American distribution of another Robert Pattinson movie, the David Cronenberg-directed Cosmopolis, currently in limited release in the United States.

Additionally, Nordisk will handle Scandinavia; Italia Film will distribute The Rover not in Italy, but in the Middle East (what exactly “Middle East” encompasses is unclear); Sun Distribution will handle Latin America (once again, it's unclear if “Latin America” means every single country from the Rio Grande to the tip of Argentina and Chile); and Revolutionary Releasing bought the distribution rights in what the Reporter refers to as “Eastern Europe (excluding Russia).”

The Rover's key selling point

Now, why would The Rover attract such interest from those international distributors? Well, the answer is simple: Robert Pattinson. But Bel Ami and Cosmopolis have been major box office disappointments in North America! Well, I hate to break it to you, but North America ain't the world. And there's something called “ancillary markets” that can – and often do – dramatically increase the revenue potential of “small” movies such as the aforementioned two Robert Pattinson titles as well as The Rover. (Note: According to Box Office Mojo [figures may be incomplete] Animal Kingdom's worldwide take was a quite modest $6.79 million – $4.35 million of which in Australia.)

The Rover plot

Based on an original story by writer-director David Michôd and Animal Kingdom cast member Joel Edgerton, The Rover follows Eric (Guy Pearce), a loner traveling throughout the Australian outback, and whose car is stolen by a violent gang of thieves. Robert Pattinson plays Rey, an injured gang member who helps Eric track down the gang.

The Rover starts filming in the winter.

Robert Pattinson next movie release

Last night, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner unveiled a preview of the preview of the upcoming The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 at the MTV Video Music Awards. Directed by Bill Condon, Breaking Dawn - Part 2 opens on Nov. 16. Besides Pattinson and Lautner, in the cast of the last installment of the Twilight Saga movie franchise are Kristen Stewart, Peter Facinelli, Elizabeth Reaser, Michael Sheen, Dakota Fanning, Nikki Reed, Jackson Rathbone, Kellan Lutz, Ashley Greene, and Booboo Stewart.

March 20

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Bel Ami Blu-ray: Robert Pattinson is “Robert Pattison”

Bel Ami, starring Robert Pattinson, Uma Thurman, Kristin Scott Thomas, and Christina Ricci comes out on DVD/Blu-ray in the United Kingdom on July 23 as per That's good news for Pattinson, Thurman, Scott Thomas, and Ricci fans, but as has pointed out, there's one glitch: Robert Pattinson is billed as “Robert Pattison” on the DVD cover.

We've made that mistake before; our excuse is that we have a – to put it mildly – skeleton editorial staff. For now, it's unclear whether or not DVD distributor StudioCanal will correct the typo.

In the United States, Bel Ami will be available on VOD on May 4. Magnolia Pictures will distribute the period comedy-drama in US theaters on June 8. Even though it had already had special screenings in various Belgian cities, the film had its official World Premiere at the Berlin Film Festival in February. Reviews so far have been mixed.

Directed by stage veterans (but film newcomers) Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod, Bel Ami was adapted by Rachel Bennette from Guy de Maupassant's 19th-century classic novel. Also in the cast are Colm Meaney, Natalie Tena, Holliday Grainger, Pip Torrens, James Lance, and Todd Peterson. [Check out the Bel Ami preview, featuring extended scenes.]

Also this year, Robert Pattinson should be seen in two more movies:

  • David Cronenberg's possible Cannes Film Festival entry Cosmopolis, with A Dangerous Method's Sarah Gadon, The English Patient / Hidden's Juliette Binoche, Sideways / Cinderella Man's Paul Giamatti, Sweet and Lowdown / In America's Samantha Morton, Real Steel's Kevin Durand, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly's Mathieu Amalric, and How to Train Your Dragon's Jay Baruchel.
  • Bill Condon's The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 opens in November. In addition to Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, and Taylor Lautner, Breaking Dawn 2 features Elizabeth Reaser, Peter Facinelli, Dakota Fanning, Nikki Reed, Ashley Greene, Kellan Lutz, Jackson Rathbone, Booboo Stewart, Billy Burke, and others.

Kristin Scott Thomas is featured with Emily Blunt and Ewan McGregor in Lasse Hallström's Salmon Fishing in Yemen, which opened a couple of weekends ago in the United States. Scott Thomas should next be seen in François Ozon's thriller Dans la maison / In the House, opposite Emmanuelle Seigner and Denis Menochet.

Christina Ricci's next will possibly be Sarah Spillane's Around the Clock, while Uma Thurman has three movies lined up:

  • Oliver Stone's Savages, with Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch, Blake Lively, Salma Hayek, John Travolta, Demián Bichir, Aaron Johnson, Benicio Del Toro, Joel David Moore, Mia Maestro, Trevor Donovan;
  • Gabriele Muccino's Playing the Field, with Gerard Butler, Judy Greer, Jessica Biel, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Dennis Quaid;
  • and the omnibus all-star comedy Movie 43, with Emma Stone, Kate Winslet, Hugh Jackman, Kristen Bell, Seann William Scott, Kate Bosworth, Chloë Grace Moretz, Anna Faris, Naomi Watts, Richard Gere, Josh Duhamel, and others.

March 5

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Robert Pattinson, David Cronenberg

Cosmopolis star Robert Pattinson and the film's director, David Cronenberg, are seen above with an unidentified man at the Cosmopolis wrap-up party. Shot last spring/summer in Toronto, rumor has it that Cronenberg's latest will be included in the upcoming Cannes Film Festival. If so, Twihaters will likely suffer a coronary, as there's an equally good chance that Walter Salles' On the Road, starring Garrett Hedlund, Sam Riley, and Pattinson's Twilight co-star Kristen Stewart, will be selected as well. has many more pictures of the Cosmopolis wrap-up party at the Toronto pub Charlie's Gallery. They also have information on the release dates of Cosmopolis in three countries – Australia (Aug. 30), Brazil (Aug. 17), and Italy (Dec. 12) – in addition to links to the distributors' sites.

Based on Don DeLillo's novel, Cronenberg's New York-set thriller stars Pattinson as young billionaire Eric Packer, whose cab ride to get a haircut takes unexpected twists and turns. “Really, he's fantastic. He's sensational. Really, I'm telling you,” Cronenberg enthused about Pattinson's work on the film. “He's a great actor. It's obvious in the movie. It's not like maybe yes, maybe no. It's obvious.”

Cosmopolis' other players include A Dangerous Method's Sarah Gadon, Academy Award winner Juliette Binoche (The English Patient), Academy Award nominees Paul Giamatti (Cinderella Man) and Samantha Morton (Sweet and Lowdown, In America), plus Real Steel's Kevin Durand, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly's Mathieu Amalric, and How to Train Your Dragon's Jay Baruchel.

Also this year, Robert Pattinson will be seen in Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod's Bel Ami, opposite Uma Thurman, Kristin Scott Thomas, and Christina Ricci; and in the last installment of the Twilight Saga series, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2, directed by Bill Condon, and co-starring Kristen Stewart, Taylor Lautner, and the usual Twicrowd (Elizabeth Reaser, Peter Facinelli, Dakota Fanning, Nikki Reed, Ashley Greene, Kellan Lutz, Jackson Rathbone, Booboo Stewart, etc.).

Robert Pattinson wedding Bel Ami Wonderfully committed and terrifically seriousRobert Pattinson wedding in 'Bel Ami' with Holliday Grainger: 'Wonderfully committed' and 'terrifically serious actor.'

Robert Pattinson 'marriage' & 'Bel Ami' relevance in early 21st century: 'The triumph of mediocrity'

Besides revealing that their Bel Ami adaptation was originally to have been a play, stage veterans and first-time feature filmmakers Declan Donnellan and Nick Ormerod have recently discussed both the relevance of Guy de Maupassant's 19th-century novel and their Robert Pattinson “marriage.”

The Donnellan and Ormerod chat took place on STV, as Bel Ami comes out in the U.K. on March 9, '12.

Now, why make a film version of Bel Ami, or, The History of a Scoundrel: A Novel in the early 21st century? Donnellan explains:

We chose it because it's very much about how we are now. It's about a young man with very few talents who manages to seduce his way to the top of society. It's a triumph of mediocrity very much through celebrity culture.

It's also about a corrupt media in league with a government that pretends to invade a Muslim country for the good of the people – but is in fact secretly after their mineral wealth, so clearly it has nothing to do with the current situation at all.

'Wonderfully committed' Robert Pattinson 'marriage'

As for Robert Pattinson, Ormerod said:

Rob came very early on. He read the script and absolutely loved it, and really related to the character. We met him, and that was like a marriage immediately. He has always been wonderfully committed, and is a terrifically serious actor … I think the reason that Rob was attracted to this role is that it's the complete opposite of everything that he's played so far.

Donnellan added:

Very interestingly, he insisted on rehearsing for a whole month in London before we shot one single piece of film, which is very, very unusual for somebody who has as busy a schedule as he has. He was incredibly committed, and couldn't have been a nicer guy or a more talented guy to work with.

'Bel Ami' cast

Besides Robert Pattinson, the Bel Ami cast includes:

Kristin Scott Thomas. Uma Thurman. Christina Ricci. Colm Meaney.

Natalie Tena. Holliday Grainger. Pip Torrens. James Lance. Todd Peterson.

A U.S. release date for Bel Ami remains uncertain.

Upcoming Robert Pattinson movies

Robert Pattinson should be seen again later this year in two other movies:

  • David Cronenberg's Cosmopolis (possibly at the Cannes Film Festival, as per rumors), which also features Sara Gadon, Kevin Durand, Juliette Binoche, Samantha Morton, Paul Giamatti, Jay Baruchel, and Mathieu Amalric;
  • Bill Condon's The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2, the last installment in the Twilight Saga franchise. Robert Pattinson's co-stars are Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner, plus Ashley Greene, Dakota Fanning, Jackson Rathbone, Elizabeth Reaser, Peter Facinelli, Nikki Reed, Kellan Lutz, Michael Sheen, Booboo Stewart, Rami Malek, Christian Camargo, and Julia Jones.

Nick Ormerod and Declan Donnellan's Robert Pattinson “marriage” and other quotes via

Image of the Holliday Grainger and Robert Pattinson wedding in Bel Ami: Redwave Films.

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David Cronenberg: 'I'm a fraud'

At the 2011 Gotham Awards held on Nov. 28, special honoree David Cronenberg asserted, “I'm a fraud. I'm here because I'm a failure. I've failed to sell out.”

Cronenberg, of course, was referring to the fact that – despite his best efforts – after four decades in the business he is still perceived as an arthouse filmmaker with limited box office appeal.

For the most part, that is a fair assessment, but the iconoclastic The Brood and Videodrome director/screenwriter has had his share of box office hits as well, most notably the 1986 remake of The Fly, starring Jeff Goldblum and Geena Davis.

Big names

Additionally, David Cronenberg has certainly succeeded in luring big-name talent, among them:

  • The Lord of the Rings trilogy actor Viggo Mortensen in Eastern Promises, A Dangerous Method, and A History of Violence.
  • King Kong actress Naomi Watts in Eastern Promises.
  • Oscar winner Jeremy Irons in M. Butterfly (and in Dead Ringer prior to Irons' Oscar win for Reversal of Fortune, 1990).
  • Oscar nominees Ralph Fiennes and Miranda Richardson in Spider.

Plus Oliver Reed, Samantha Eggar, Holly Hunter, pop music sensation Debbie Harry, Ed Harris, Keira Knightley, Jude Law, Christopher Walken, James Woods, and the up-and-coming Michael Fassbender.

And now Robert Pattinson, the vampire Edward Cullen of the hugely successful Twilight movies.


Robert Pattinson's non-Twilight box office strength is as yet unclear, but his name has worldwide recognition, an important factor when it comes to getting financing for a low-budget movie – with limited commercial appeal – such as Cosmopolis.

Not taking any chances, before casting Pattinson (who replaced Colin Farrell), David Cronenberg did his homework. He watched the 25-year-old actor's movies, including, one assumes, Twilight, New Moon, and Eclipse, in addition to Paul Morrison's Little Ashes – in which Pattinson plays Salvador Dali as a closeted gay – and Allen Coulter's romantic drama Remember Me.

“Ultimately, I felt he was the guy,” Cronenberg says. “Once again, intuition.”

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'Fantastic' Robert Pattinson

Intuition seems to have paid off. A few weeks ago, the filmmaker sounded highly enthusiastic when discussing his Cosmopolis star: “Really, he's fantastic. He's sensational. Really, I'm telling you. He's a great actor. It's obvious in the movie. It's not like maybe yes, maybe no. It's obvious.”

As for Pattinson's own reaction to being cast, Cronenberg added that “this is an unusual jump for him. He said it himself. It's scary. It's a scary thing because he's never really had to carry a movie quite that way before, totally on his own. He's in every scene. He's almost in every shot, so scary for him, but for an actor, scary is good. You don't want to be bored. You don't want to be too confident.”

'Cosmopolis' cast, release date

Based on Don DeLillo's novel, the New York-set thriller began shooting in Toronto last May. Robert Pattinson plays the slick young billionaire Eric Packer, whose cab ride to get a little haircut leads to a number of unexpected, ultimately life-changing twists and turns.

Other Cosmopolis cast members:

Academy Award winner Juliette Binoche (The English Patient, 1996).

Academy Award nominee Samantha Morton (Sweet and Lowdown, 1999; In America, 2003).

Academy Award nominee Paul Giamatti (Cinderella Man, 2005).

Sarah Gadon. Kevin Durand. Mathieu Amalric. Jay Baruchel.

Cosmopolis, which will undoubtedly reach a different audience than previous David Cronenberg movies, is scheduled to open sometime in 2012.

Robert Pattinson upcoming releases

Next year, Robert Pattinson will also be seen in Nick Ormerod and Declan Donnellan's Bel Ami (shot in 2010) and in the last installment of the Twilight Saga series, the Bill Condon-directed Breaking Dawn - Part 2, costarring Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner.

Last year, Pattinson played a James Dean type romancing Emilie de Ravin in Remember Me, and earlier this year he was Reese Witherspoon's love interest in Francis Lawrence's circus drama Water for Elephants, also featuring Christoph Waltz.

Images of David Cronenberg thriller Cosmopolis with Robert Pattinson: Alfama Films.

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Marie -

I watched all his movies and he's
excellent. I wont be surprise if he
gets an oscar in the future.

nikki -

And already the 'fans' of David Cronenberg are accusing him of selling out, ignoring that he did ask Viggo Mortensen after Lord of the Rings and Keira Knightley after the Pirates. At least he's a very reputable director who wants to give young actors a chance. I'm not going to say that he takes a risk, because he hasn't the impression he took a risk, he was quite confident casting Rob.
I read Cosmopolis twice: a difficult book to understand, a difficult movie to adapt. But I could imagine very well Rob playing Eric Packer, an intense character. No saying anything of Colin Farrell but IMO he wouldn't have been a good casting for this very strange role.
Sadly enough I'm convinced that, even when Robert will probalby deliver an almost Oscar worthy performance, his haters will continue to slam him, they won't agree with DC, narrow-minded as many are.

betty b -

As always A-Z professional .. Giving facts not nonsensical opinions based on personal biases… Conveying a great knowledge and understanding regarding independent films and niche marketing. I have learned so much about the movie industry reading your articles. Thank You :-)

just me -

detailed, clear, very professional, as usual:)

MarshaKay -

Super news for The Rover! Loved Animal Kingdom very much, from the writing, to the actors, to the music. Great first film. I hope this film will be just as great.

Freda Ericssen -

The article doesn't seem so necessary. What was your point? You feel surprised that someone is interested in Pattinson as an actor and his movies are still get financed? There are other actors with flops who are offered roles in tentpoles and you never draw our attention to them. Looks like you are keen on writing Pattinson's name as many times as possible. By the way, we still do not know your opinion about Cosmopolis as a movie - or did I miss it? You pretend to be objective and intelligent - write an article about Cosmopolis as a bold and challenging movie and about inner freedom Cronenberg still has inside (it's riveting, isn't it?), you could mention that movie is somewhat inaccessible and unwatchable for regular movie-goer, but it is still good - or at least, interesting to experience if you didn't like it, in fact. Such movies are not about box office, and you know it!
By the way, I've read that the movie was partially financed by the Canadian government (which treats Croneneberg as a national treasure) and partially by a French billionaire (it's hard for me to spell his name - but you could do a research), who admired DeLillo's book and was adamant to see it on screen despite its uncommercial core. If you had mentioned those points there wouldn't have had such a backlash, and the info is more suitable for your regular reader than discussing the refreshing beauty of Kristen Stewart over and over.
Sorry for my English. I hope, the Rover will be analyzed as a piece of cinema art , not just another box office flop with Pattinson in the cast (by the way, Animal Kingdom is brilliant though not successful commercially).

Satine -

I am happy to hear that The Rover is receiving more markets. I believe that this will succeed better than Animal Kingdom and Cosmopolis. As you mentioned one reason Robert Pattinson and this has a Mad Max vibe which will draw in more men and women will flock to see it for Robert and for Guy Pearce who is a remarkable actor. I was one of the few who have seen Animal Kingdom and it enjoyed it, especially Jacki Weaver's performance as the mother. I hope they receive all their funding so this movie can be made and to see Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson in the same movie, that would be a win win for me personally and I do think others feel the same way that I do.

Chrissie -

The Rover has been fully financed for at least a couple months. So much misinformation all the time:
Are you getting information from the back of a mini cooper?

Alt Film Guide -


From now on, your comments will be blocked. You're not only relentlessly rude and abusive, but you're also invariably spreading misinformation — that we then have to correct. It was the same thing with your “Cosmopolis” nonsense, as you're apparently unable to understand the meaning of the word “expansion.”

Regarding “The Rover”: Screen Australia, as CLEARLY explained in this article, (cited in the above article) and on their website, will invest $20m on **12 film and TV projects**.

How much do you think “The Rover” is going to cost? $800,000? Get real. NOWHERE does Screen Australia claim they are going to fully fund the film, which, by the way, isn't even a 100% Australian production. (There's an American production company involved as well.)

ana -

ROBERT PATTINSON is great in BEL AMI, I love this movie all the actors made a good job, I think the bad critics are because they hate Robert not because they don't like this movie they don't like any Robert movie, so we are very tired of this critics they are very stupid and envy persons.

Lena -

Thank you for a clever featurette.
I have read the novel Bel Ami and seen the film on big screen while it was released in Russia on March 2012.
If put off the predijuce against Robert Pattinson as the Twilight star, he can cope with the role of George Duroy.

greenjasminetea -

I saw Bel Ami as a VoD and while it does have flaws, the flaws are no more or less than any other movie and certainly didn't merit the more scathing reviews that it received. First half's pacing was slow and then it went too fast but that's not unusual. While Uma Thurman's Madeleine is my unexpected fascination of the movie, I felt that Pattinson did solid work as Georges. Overall, I liked it.

zac gille -


How did I get that “Bel Ami” box-office figure? By making a *stupid* error.

Apologies. The article has been appended, corrected, amended, and expanded.

That's the least I could do…

chrisg -

“Bel Ami had taken in $11.52m in eight countries. ”

How did you get this total?

California -

I watched Bel Ami last night from and thought it was very well done. I only hope the critics (reviewers) can divorce Robert Pattinson's performance from that of Edward Cullen in The Twilight Series. They were unable to do so when they reviewed Remember Me and Water For Elephants. He played very different roles in both of those films and, I thought, enacted them very well. He does a similarly good job in Bel Ami and is surrounded by the talented Uma Thurman, Kristin Scott Thomas, and Christina Ricci. Ricci was outstanding, but the movie depends a lot on Pattinson's performance and he was definitely up to the task. The script followed the book relatively well. It will be interesting to see if Robert's Twilight fans go to see a movie in which his character is so unsympathetic. I will be eagerly awaiting the attendance figures from the United States. I hope they are very high, because Bel Ami deserves to be seen.

lake -

so its almost made back its budget? not bad for a movie that wasn't even marketed hardly anywhere. one thing is for certain, russia is very good to rob pattinson. if lionsgate/summit is smart they will send him there for breaking dawn promo.

didi -

The promo for Bel ami was non existing in most countries. Fortunately I could go to theatre during its first weekend of release in my country, the other week it was already gone. The movie did quite well in countries were it got a bit promoted like UK, Italy and Russia. It's a pity because Bel ami is a beautiful movie with very good performances of everybody.
It got mixed reviews depending on the aknowledge of the source material of the reviewer. Those who had read the book or even were experted in Maupassant's work gave Bel ami a good review though.

Chris -

Thanks for the info. I think Bel Ami was mismanaged from the start, what with constant re-editing and no promotion to speak of. The fact that it made 11 mil so far is great. I'd be really interested to know what the VOD numbers were, but I don't see any way to get them. I'll keep my fingers crossed that it does well. I've seen it a few times now and while it's not a perfect movie it's a very interesting one and I thought the performances were spot on.

xxx -

It looks like he is in deep thoughts.

JJ -

Cronenberg is a great director.

Kanerwa -

Amazing…Everything looks just like in the book,even the plastic rat:)

nikki -

The interviews with Donnellan and Ormerod were very interesting for some reasons:
1. During promo it's normal that directors praise their actors, but if they're not really convinced of their talents they can limit their praise and focus on other qualities. What these 2 directors said of Robert Pattinson was pure appreciation. In another interview Declan said that he has worked for over 35 years with the most talented actors and that Rob is really talented. (Cronenber said the same)
2. Rob was very smart: when he had the occasion to work with and learn from 2 of the most acclaimed British directors (for who of course he had a lot of admiration) he took it with both hands and rehearsed with them for a month. Together they 'formed' Georges Duroy in the way the directors wanted. There was time enough to correct flaws in performances.
The directors made a satirical movie, with performances that were a bit theatrical which suited the satire.
That all said, I don't understand the point of view of some critics. Did they expected an older Georges? (he wasn't older in the book) Or a darker movie? (the book wasn't dark either)
Or didn't they read the book? (probably)
(Not)Surprisingly those who are 'connaiseurs' of Maupassant's work loved the movie and the performances.
Rob isn't chosing the easy path as f.e. Zac Efron and many others do and maybe he has to learn some more strength for certain roles but how long are critics gonna let him bleed for having become too beloved, too famous and too rich in a too short time?

jjn -

EW projection is making me nervous. 23% is sure to watch the movie and 50+% is showing interest to watch the movie, and out of this number they already made a 100 million opening weekend. How? There's something very wrong about this. Is this some kind of publicity stunt from Lionsgate?

Lore -

Well I'm very interested to see this movie

zac -


“Different” wasn't quite the best word. But I refrained from using “wider” or “further-reaching” because some Cronenberg movies have performed relatively well at the box office and I can't exactly predict that “Cosmopolis” will be a bigger success than, say, “A History of Violence” or “Eastern Promises.”

That's why I opted for “different,” i.e., Robert Pattinson's fans who have followed his career since “Twilight” three years ago will probably want to check out “Cosmopolis.”

Of course there'll always be some overlap, but “Twilight” fans aren't necessarily David Cronenberg fans. Ask the studios' marketing people if they'd try to sell “Cosmopolis” in the same manner as “Breaking Dawn” or even “Remember Me.” They wouldn't, though, of course, they would try to reach the “Twilight” segment as well.

Steve -

Just curious….what is the “different audience” that you are referencing?

Hugo -

Not sure why you have links to the Palm Springs Film Festival and something about the SpiderMan director, they have nothing to do with this story. I'd rather see something about Bel Ami which is opening soon, and Water For Elephants, which was well reviewed and a box office hit. Ooops, I guess you don't want to reference films that reached a wider audience, my bad.

Bettybmusing -

For Robert Pattinson to received such a honorable mention from Cronenberg is outstanding. I can't wait to see Cosmopolis in 2012. Btw great article.


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