cosm2 Water for Elephants proved that Robert Pattinson could carry a film outside of the Twilight universe.  Although he’s been seen as this generation’s version of James Dean, Mr. Pattinson’s innate sensitivity, introspection and vulnerability are the same qualities which made Montgomery Clift one of Hollywood’s most intriguing leading men.

With Cosmopolis, Mr. Pattinson is working with director David Cronenberg, one of cinema’s most cerebral and fearless artists.  Adapted from Don Delillo’s novel, the story centers on Eric Parker, a billionaire asset manager who is traveling across town in a stretch limo to get a haircut from his dad’s barber.  Parker is also engineering a deadly bet against the Chinese Yuan, a move which has the future of his company at stake.  Since Cronenberg loves pushing boundaries (A History of Violence, Dead Ringers, Videodrome), Cosmopolis won’t be your average studio driven feature.

During a previous interview, Pattinson talked about the joys of working with David Cronenberg, whom he describes as an uncompromising (in a good way) filmmaker:

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Co-starring Juliette Binoche, Samantha Morton, and Jay Baruchel, Cosmopolis opens August 17th.

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