In Cronenberg’s upcoming film Cosmopolis (slated for an early 2012 release), Gadon plays the better halt to another powerful man; this time to a Manhattan multimillionaire who, in the course of 24 hours, loses his entire fortune. Dead center in another cast of heavy-hitting actors, including Paul Giamatti and Juliette Binoche, it is Robert Pattinson (said millionaire) that has garnered early buzz for the film and by association, brought Gadon’s name to the forefront. In the weeks leading up to pre-production, Gadon consciously avoided any Pattinson-themed media–a near-impossible feat in the climate of Twilightmania.
“My decision not to read any of Robert’s interviews or press [stemmed from] my desire to go into the project without any preconceived notions [about him] that might inform our work together.”
Gadon recalls coming into her camera test and sitting across from Pattinson only to emerge, hours later, to mobs of people outside the building screaming his name. She is quick to dispel the “celeb” stereotype, saying that in their working relationship, Pattinson was “refreshingly normal” and perhaps shockingly, “deeply concerned about the development of his career.”
“It was wonderful to watch Robert in such an intelligent project, and for David, [Robert’s fan base] will open up a younger demographic.”
Not a bad deal for Gadon either, for whom both Pattinson’s and Cronenberg’s names will translate too much less anonymity.
If at first somewhat overcome with excitement and anticipation at the thought of working with such big names, Gadon is levelheaded and thoughtful about the process.