One of Robert Pattinson’s best career moves was accepting the role of Eric Packer in “Cosmopolis.”
It’s yet another shift away from the sparkly vampire who dazzles those around him. The role is gritty, sexy and no doubt allowed Pattinson to show off his acting chops. Typecast no more, critics. The “Twilight” actor is getting as far away from Forks as possible.
The David Cronenberg film follows Packer in a futuristic, but not too far off, New York City. As he’s chauffeured through Manhattan on his way to get a haircut, he watches as everything falls apart around him. His empire decreases every second, riots take place on the city streets and he figure out clues that lead him to the shocking secret of his impending assassination.
The trailer is chock-full of intense moments, and we’ve put together the five key scenes.
Pattinson’s co-star asks, “Where is your office? What do you do exactly?” We see a long stretch of limos and Eric Packer looking like James Bond as he stands in shades on the sidewalk. This opening scene sets the tone for Packer’s character and his downfall as a billionaire who slowly loses control of the world around him.
As different characters enter and exit his limo, the film’s story unfolds. As a passerby on the street holds a dead rat up to his window, one of the women inside with Packer tells him, “This is a protest against the future.” While it’s unclear what the protest is about, as the trailer continues rats are everywhere. More and more protesters wave them around the streets, one man throws them across a diner and one protester even has a giant rat head on his body. We’re not sure what it means, but knowing Cronenberg, it most likely deals with symbolism of America’s future.
“I Smell Sex All Over You”
If “Twilight” fans haven’t yet realized this role is far from their beloved sparkly vampire, they do now. A smug look crosses the usually awkward actor’s face after one of his conquests comments, “I smell sex all over you.” Packer shrugs. He knows. Throughout the rest of the trailer, we see small clips of various sexual encounters in the limo that poses as his office — including one half-naked girl who points a laser gun at his chest.
Grab a Gun
Pattinson’s no stranger to action. He’s torn evil vampires apart, taken a beating in “Remember Me” and escaped a stampede of wild animals in “Water for Elephants.” But in “Cosmopolis,” we finally get to see the actor pack some heat. In one scene, Packer kicks open a door and pulls a gun on a person in the room. He’s taking back control of a day that started out with a hair appointment and is ending with the wildest ride of his life.
Maybe the Gun Wasn’t a Good Idea
There’s an array of fast clips at the end, all flashing by in a sequence that could give anyone with epilepsy a seizure. But the one that immediately caught our attention has Pattinson shooting a bullet through his own hand. Yikes. Our palms began aching just watching it. From the looks of this trailer, we probably haven’t even seen the worst of it yet.
“Cosmopolis” is scheduled to hit theaters later this year.
You can view the full trailer here.
The director David Cronenberg, writer Don DeLilo and actors Robert Pattinson and Paul Giamatti will come from Cannes to Lisbon, at the end of May for the premiere of the movie “Cosmopolis”, Expresso has learned.
Produced by Paulo Branco, the film has been selected for official competition of the Cannes Film Festival, being the 11th film of the Portuguese producer to earn the distinction.
The Portuguese release date is scheduled for May 31.
According to RPLife:
Expresso is a reliable Portuguese site/newspaper. Paulo Branco, Cosmopolis’ producer, is from Portugal and was responsible for showing the first preview of the movie at the Lisbon and Estoril Festival last year.
The Portugal Premiere makes sense, but we’ll update when there’s official confirmation.
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One thing we can take from the absolutely awesome/stunning/epic trailer is the fact that is says, Official Cannes Film Festival Selection. Well, that answers our question! Now for On The Road …
The ubiquitous “Twilight” star Robert Pattinson is doing everything he can to not be described as “‘Twilight’ star Pattinson”, and if it takes attaching himself to every upcoming David Cronenberg project to do so, by God he will follow through.
Pattinson has just become attached as a supporting actor in director Cronenberg’s upcoming darkly comedic drama, MAPS TO THE STARS. The pic, to which Viggo Mortensen is already attached, details the story of two child actors ruined by Hollywood’s depravity. Pattinson is said to play Jerome, a chauffeur by day and struggling actor by night. Scribe Bruce Wagner, who was originally set to direct until Cronenberg took the reigns in 2006, penned the script.
This news comes just before the May release of the anticipated Cronenberg project starring Pattinson, “Cosmopolis”, based on the Don DeLillo novel of the same name. Pattinson plays Eric Packer, a young billionaire who attempts to visit his father’s barber across Manhattan but is thwarted by a series of unlikely events.
“Maps to the Stars” will also be Mortensen’s fourth project with Cronenberg, having first worked together when he took the lead in “A History of Violence”.
Pattinson is currently in active development on “Unbound Captives”, a period drama that will also star Hugh Jackman and Rachel Weisz.
The “Cosmopolis” teaser can be viewed here.
Pattinson is repped by WME, and Mortensen by Principato-Young Entertainment. Writer Bruce Wagner is with UTA.
Note: This is not officially confirmed.