Robert Pattinson has reportedly been tapped to play an astronaut in a new sci-fi film by French director Claire Denis. Details about the still-untitled movie have not been released, but Pattinson’s character will find himself exploring the outer depths of the solar system in a “future that seems like the present."
According to Screen Daily, the movie will be written by British writer Zadie Smith, her husband Nick Laird and Denis. So far, no other casting information has been revealed. Alcatraz Film, a French production company, told Screen Daily it was “very proud and very happy, as is Claire, about what will be a great collaboration," adding, "Robert is committed to the project and we are committed to him.”
Unfortunately, Pattinson fans will have to wait a while before they can check him out in this new role because the film is still reportedly in the very early stages. In the meantime, however, the 29-year-old actor can be seen next in the movie “Life,” where he plays Life magazine photographer Dennis Stock, who was tasked with taking pictures of James Dean during a 1950s road trip. Pattinson will also star in “The Lost City of Z” about explorer Percy Fawcett who disappeared in the 1920s while searching for an ancient city in the Amazon.
As previously reported, Pattinson is slated to be honored in September at the Deauville Film Festival in Normandy, France. The actor, along with Elizabeth Olsen, will receive the Hollywood Rising Star Awards. Pattinson will also attend the screening of “Life,” which will premiere at the festival.
Last month, “Twilight” producers Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen praised the actor during an interview with the Hollywood Reporter for his recent movie work. Pattinson quickly gained recognition after starring as Edward Cullen in the “Twilight” film series, which ended in 2012. “Rob's just worked with a string of people you'd want to be on your filmography when you're done,” said Godfrey.