Robert Pattinson is adding another serious drama to his post-“Twilight” repertoire. According to Deadline, the 26-year-old has signed on to star in “Hold On to Me” alongside Oscar nominee Carey Mulligan.
Originally titled “Nancy and Danny,” the film centers on a young woman (Mulligan) who is frustrated with the way her life turned out. Determined to win the attention of her high school crush (Pattinson), she comes up with a get-rich-quick scheme that consists of kidnapping a wealthy townsman and holding him for ransom. With the aid of a senseless male companion, whom she has conned into assisting her, she holds the man captive by burying him in a box. According to Indie Wire, the plan goes horribly wrong.
Directed by Oscar winner James Marsh (“Man on a Wire”), “Hold On to Me” is reportedly based on a true story.
This marks the fourth film Pattinson has been associated with in recent months. From a political thriller to a Werner Herzog-directed biopic, Pattinson is gearing up for projects that could help distance him from the “Twilight” franchise and earned him respect as an actor with serious chops.
Next year, the actor will star opposite Guy Pearce in “The Rover,” an Australian suspense film directed by “Animal Kingdom” helmer David Michôd. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the film is a western that's set in the not-so-distant future.
“It’s very existential. It’s really interesting. I couldn’t really explain to you what it’s about, but it’s sort of about how much pain can the world take and how much disgust and cruelty before love dies,” Pattinson said of “The Rover” in an August interview with Indiewire. “I think that’s kind of what it’s about.”
"David Michôd's going to read this and be like 'What the [expletive] are you talking about? It's a crime movie,” Pattinson joked.
The film is scheduled to begin filming in January 2013.
Pattinson will also star in the film adaptation of the book “Mission: Black List #1: The Inside Story of the Search for Saddam Hussein,” by Eric Maddox and David Seay, who helped with capture of the Iraqi President in 2003. Titled “Mission: Blacklist,” the film is set to be directed by Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire.
Pattinson will portray Maddox, who in a May interview with WRKO Pundit Review radio said he approved of Pattinson for the role.
“Whatever you have to do to get that guy to be a part of the movie, I think it’s wonderful and I fully support it,” Maddox said of Pattinson.
“I didn’t even realize that the script was a real story, and then they told me it was a true story,” Patinson said of the film in a Cannes Film Festival interview in May. “I met Eric Maddox, who it’s based on. He’s one of the most fascinating people I have ever met, and the story’s amazing.”
Pattinson is said to be involved in German auteur Werner Herzog’s next project, “Queen of the Desert.” The film is based on the life of Gertrude Bell, who, along with lifelong friend T.E. Lawrence, helped develop the Hashemite dynasties in Jordan and Iraq.
According to Variety, Pattinson will star as Lawrence, who served as the subject of the 1962 biopic “Lawrence of Arabia.”
As of now, all of Pattinson’s upcoming projects are slated for release in 2013. The tween sensation will soon be seen in the final “Twilight” installment “Breaking Dawn: Part 2.” Since the series has already earned $1.7 billion worldwide, the highly anticipated film is expected to generate massive numbers at the box office.
“Breaking Dawn: Part 2' will hit theaters on Nov. 16.