Samantha Morton and Sarah Gadon Join Robert Pattinson in Cosmopolis
03.29.11 by Ryan
Robert Pattinson is getting some company in Cosmopolis.
THR reports that Samantha Morton (Sweet and Lowdown, The Messenger) and Sarah Gadon (the upcoming Dream House) have joined the cast of the thriller, which director David Cronenberg adapted from the Don DeLillo novel of the same name.
Cosmopolis stars Pattinson as a young billionaire whose limousine ride around Manhattan becomes a Ulysses-esque journey that experiences a rap star's funeral, Presidential-visit traffic jams, terrorist attacks, stalkings, and frequent run-ins with his wife, played by Gadon. Pattinson recently admitted to Empire that he was "just astonished" that he had been cast in the movie.
I'd read the script before and thought, "Wow, this is insane. But insane and difficult." And then, out of nowhere, my agent said, "Do you want to do it?" I'd never thought about working with Cronenberg, but I've always loved his movies. It just never came into my head that there would ever be that opportunity.
Y'know, there are so few auteurs left. The one thing that pisses me off about working in films is when you start a project and then, suddenly, two days before you start, there's a massive rewrite to make an R-rated movie into something that's PG-13, and it's a totally different story. As soon as that line's been crossed, you know you're not making a movie anymore. You're making a...a... fridge magnet. But with people like Cronenberg you know that, no matter what, there will be a movie at the end, and it will be solid and self-contained, and it's not made for any other reason than it being a movie.
Pattinson certainly knows a thing or two about appearing in "fridge magnet" movies after starring in four Twilight movies, with The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 closing out the franchise next year. Pattinson revealed that he had a different impression of 2008's Twilight when he first accepted the role.
I thought at the time, with [director] Catherine Hardwicke and Kristen Stewart, it was going to be an indie movie. It seemed really interesting: a teen vampire movie that was going to be like [Hardwicke's] Thirteen and really serious. I had no idea it was going to be this big thing you'd get on Burger King hats.
Production on Cosmopolis is set to begin in mid-May in Toronto. No release date is currently set.