Although this isn’t a definitive yes or no for Rob being in POSH, it’s news to us that he’s even being considered for the role. He sure is a hot item in Hollywood nowadays.
According to the ever-on-the-money Baz Bamigboye, Max Irons, Sam Claflin and Douglas Booth are all in negotiations to star in the film, and while talks are at an earlier stage, “Twilight” megastar Robert Pattinson could potentially join them. Nurse, my ovaries! If the first three names don’t quite ring a bell yet, Irons is the son of legendary actor Jeremy Irons, who previously appeared in “Red Riding Hood,” and has “The Host” coming up shortly. Claflin has a couple of blockbusters under his belt already, with “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” and “Snow White & The Huntsman,” and has “The Hunger Games; Catching Fire” coming up later and the year. And Booth, who was one of our Actors On The Rise picks earlier in the week, starred in the TV version of “Great Expectations” recently, and has “Romeo & Juliet” and the Wachowski’s “Jupiter Ascending” on the way.
It sounds like Pattinson’s involvement is the least concrete; he’s still filming David Michod’s “The Rover,” and he has David Cronenberg’s “Maps To The Stars” and James Marsh’s “Hold On To Me” nominally on his slate, though lord knows what state they’re in in terms of financing. But a good piece of material, amid a strong ensemble, would be a smart move for the actor as he continues to try to escape the shadow of Edward Cullen. As Bamigboye suggests, the challenge here is going to be scheduling; the nature of the piece requires the cast to all be together round a dining table for much of the shoot, and all these guys are busy and in demand, so don’t be surprise if there’s mixing and matching with who sticks with the project. Filming is planned to get underway in May, so it shouldn’t be too long before we find out who’s able to fit it into their schedules, and “Posh” should eventually open in 2014