Yes, Really: Robert Pattinson Joins David Cronenberg's <i>Cosmopolis</i>

Robert Pattinson, the dreamy-eyed, debatably talented star of the 'tween sensation Twilight series has nailed down his first post-vampire role, and it's a bit of a coup. The actor will star in acclaimed director David Cronenberg's adaptation of the Don DeLillo novel Cosmopolis, Deadline reports. The work of near-future fiction follows a young moneymaker (Pattinson) as he ends up being the target of an assassination after making a risky business decision.

I say "debatably talented" because, frankly, the jury's still out on Pattinson from where I'm sitting. While I respect what the Twilight movies represent in terms of widening the reach and appeal of geek culture... they're really not very good. I'm not familiar enough with Stephenie Meyer's books to place the blame squarely in that direction, but it certainly feels like a failure on the ensemble level. The scripts, performances, cinematography, visual effects... it all feels like pop filmmaking in its lowest form, a series of low-budget spectacle-driven blockbusters. I understand the appeal, but I'm not willing to pass judgment on any of the cast based on their involvement in the series.

Pattinson has already stepped outside the Twilight fold a couple of times, notably playing artist Salvador Dali in Little Ashes and the lead role of Jacob Jankowski in director Francis Lawrence's upcoming adaptation of the Sara Gruen novel, Water For Elephants. Cosmopolis will be his first role after the two-part telling of Breaking Dawn, Twilight's final chapter, wraps.

All negativity aside, this is a cool bit of casting and a smart move for the actor. Whether or not he can bring what is needed to the role remains to be seen, but working with a filmmaker as talented as Cronenberg on a high-profile adaptation will certainly put Pattinson's skills to the test. And honestly, no matter how the movie turns out, there's something to be said for the fact that this casting news will certainly inspire Pattinson's more ardent supporters to go out and buy a Don DeLillo book. Anything that gets the kids of the world reading quality fiction is okay by me.

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