Actor Robert Pattinson will reportedly star in Christopher Nolan’s next film. Since concluding the Twilight saga in 2012, the English actor has established himself as one of cinema’s most versatile performers. BlacKkKlansman's John David Washington has already been cast in Nolan’s new production.
Like many iconic directors, Nolan started small with his 1998 black-and-white debut Following. By 2000, the English filmmaker established a significant American fanbase upon releasing the neo-noir psychological thriller Memento. Nearly 20 years later, Nolan is widely regarded as one of cinema’s most ambitious directors, as he released a three-film Batman reboot, made high-budget psychological thrillers like Inception and Interstellar, and helmed the 2017 war epic Dunkirk. To date, Nolan has received five Oscar nominations, and his upcoming 2020 project has been shrouded as mystery, with fans speculating about possible genres.
Per Collider, Pattinson is “poised to star” in Nolan’s new film. While the actor’s representatives haven’t yet confirmed the news, Collider claims to have “exclusively learned” the news, this coming just one day after Washington’s casting. Next month, Pattinson’s new film High Life will have a wide release in the U.S., and he’s currently filming Antonio Campos’ big screen adaptation The Devil All the Time, co-starring Tom Holland and Mia Wasikowska. Later this year, Pattinson will appear in Robert Eggers' The Lighthouse and Ciro Guerra’s Waiting for the Barbarians. In 2015, Eggers released his acclaimed debut The Witch starring Anya Taylor-Joy, while Guerra is one of the most accomplished Colombian directors of the 21st century.
During Pattinson’s ascent to fame, he was mostly correlated with Twilight’s Edward Cullen, a brooding teenage vampire. Over the past seven years, however, Pattinson has worked mostly with indie filmmakers and directorial auteurs. In 2017, Pattinson earned Oscar buzz for his lead performance in the American crime film Good Time, in which he plays a down-and-out New Yorker looking to provide a better life for himself and his mentally-handicapped brother. Pattinson’s role selections have surprised and impressed both fans and critics alike, this coming after his collective performances in the Twilight franchise led to several Golden Raspberry Award nominations, of which are connected with the “worst in film.”
Given that Pattinson’s new film High Life is a science fiction space film, it doesn’t seem likely that he’d immediately sign up for another science fiction film. Fans have speculated that Nolan’s new project mixes North by Northwest with Inception, but it’s impossible to know for sure at this point. Most likely, the highly-anticipated film will be some type of psychological thriller, and we’ll be watching closely to see if Robert Pattinson officially signs on.