Robert Pattinson cast in ‘The Lost City of Z’ with Benedict Cumberbatch: OMG?


A few months ago (almost two months exactly), Brad Pitt’s production company Plan B announced that they were still developing The Lost City of Z, but that Brad was no longer attached to play the lead, a real man named Percy Fawcett who explored the Amazon in 1925 and claimed to find the golden city of the El Dorado myth. Plan B announced that Benedict Cumberbatch was now going to take the lead! It was exciting casting news for Cumberbitches and history bitches – the Percy Fawcett story is fascinating, and it seemed like a meaty character for the right actor. Well, Benedict is still on as the lead. And now it’s looking like SPARKLES (Robert Pattinson) is joining him. The Cumberbatch and The Sparkly One in the same film? What if Twihards and Cumberbitches had to align to protect their men? What if they had to join forces? Would our power grow exponentially?

At first I thought this was just a casting rumor, perhaps even a misprint in Screen Daily, but it seems to be for real. Screen Daily claimed: “Panaroma Media has revived the adventure story The Lost City of Z and will finance and sell. James Gray will direct Benedict Cumberbatch and Robert Pattinson in the Plan B production.” Gossip Cop confirmed that it’s on too – “a source close to the situation” told GC that Rob has joined the production. So… Benedict and Sparkles. I never thought that would happen. And what is Brad Pitt doing, hiring Sparkles for a job?!

I guess I also have questions about who exactly Rob would play. Apparently, the film will detail Fawcett’s second trip to the Amazon, which is when he brought his son along. Will Rob play Benedict’s son? That would be… weird. Rob is only ten years younger than Ben! But who else could Rob play?




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  1. Hannah says:

    I even found him unconvincing in that Dior ad…

  2. curlsunited says:

    Raleigh Rimmel, Jack Fawcett’s best friend, who was also on the team?

    Pleeeease not. I would hate it.

  3. T.fanty says:

    Maybe sparkles is playing a particularly menacing tree in the jungle. If he tried REALLY hard and took some extras ting lessons, he could just about pull that off. Bless him, he’s already started working on his Brazilian accent.

  4. Tish says:

    I really admire his efforts to work with esteemed indie/arthouse directors. As for who he’s playing, maybe the friend of Fawcett’s son.

    Also, for Fawcett’s son please hire Ezra Miller for the job.

  5. Anna says:

    I think it could work, with the right makeup they can totally make Benedict look a bit older and Robert a bit younger (like in Twilight)

  6. Abby says:

    Lol lets just say I am ready to give Sparkles a chance and truly hope that some of Cumby’s acting rubs off on him. I actually liked Sparkles in Harry Potter movie as Cedric after that his acting went down the drain.

    As for playing the son…I highly doubt it. If I am not wrong in the trip back to Amazon Percy takes his son and another companion…which is what I presume Robert will be playing.

    Anyways as long as Cumby is in it…I will watch it :)

    • Another Ann says:

      I’m a big Harry Potter fan, and I liked him as Cedric too. I thought he was really good in Cosmopolis. It was a really weird movie, and a tough role, but he pulled it off. It’s the last movie he shot that’s been released, so maybe he’s growing and developing and all that. I hope people give him a chance to see what he can do post-Twilight.

      I have to say, he’s making some pretty smart choices in the films he’s picking – he’s working with really good directors and actors. It will be interesting to see how it all turns out.

      • Miss Bennet says:

        Another Ann I completely agree. He’s never been a horrible actor, unlike Stewart and Lautner. I reserve judgement until some of the films he’s made have come out. Some of the talent he surrounds himself with is bound to rub off.

      • SM says:

        @Miss Bennet I actually really like Stewart’s acting and dislike Pattinson’s. I saw a couple of his pre-Twilight movies and they were painful to say the least. I like to think he was drunk throughout. That is the only explanation. Since Twi, he hasn’t done much better. I at least can watch Stewart’s indies.

        @Another Ann I do think he is making smarter decisions and hopefully his acting will start getting better with age. The only problem is he has had so many rumored projects that don’t seem to get anywhere or get funding. And then, they just fall off the radar.

  7. Lindy79 says:

    That tuxedo picture from TIFF…..sigh


    • Abby says:

      I’ll tell you this Lindy ….that the pic doesn’t do justice to how he looked that day.

      He was even more gorgeous in person wearing that tuxedo…….meeting him at TIFF will forever be stored in my brain, even when all my neurone have given up at 90 lol

      • Lindy79 says:

        You met him?!
        How are you not still surgically attached to his leg…or any other appendage.

        As an aside, he’s in the DM today for attending a Chelsea football match. My dad’s a lifelong Chelsea man, so by conclusion, we are destined to wear cardigans, be bitchy, drink scotch by the fire and rattle headboards like sailors on shore leave.

      • Eve says:

        A Chelsea match? Aww, he keeps disappointing me.

        To be honest, I don’t root for any of the Premier League teams, but I’ve never liked Chelsea (sorry, Lindy — let the link to that picture I posted downthread work as an apology).

      • Abby says:

        Hahaha oh my god that gif…you made my morning.

        Well I made a complete idiot by just asking him how are you? I couldn’t have thought of a more worse line to say when he is giving me an autograph….ughhhh. I was completely star struck even my friend who doesn’t even like Cumby or knows mych about him was just standing their like a doofus ogling at him.

        After that she is like WOW he looks like a movie star and is so much more appealing in person lol…so yea she finally converted as a Cumby fan.

        I truly hope he comes back to Toronto again so I can actually open my damn mouth in front of him and compliment him for his talent.

        Yes I saw those pics at the Chelsea match….aww well looks like you guys re truly meant to be :D

      • curlsunited says:

        @Lindy79: Our avid footballer is wearing his new scarf and his blue flat cap and obviously enjoying himself whereas poor Emily thinks about handing in her resignation.

      • Lindy79 says:

        That’s ok Eve (I can only name about 3 players and of course Jose ;) ), I’m just grasping at straws that it’s the universe sending me a sign.
        Picture gratefully accepted though!

        @curls. I did snort when looking at her face in the pictures. Pure boredom!
        At least it’s not dragging DUC out of a nightclub though.

        @Abby. I’m so jealous but well done you for even getting an autograph. I’m now wondering what he smells like…

      • T.fanty says:


        My first thought was poor Emy is clearly thinking that her Christnas bonus will not he enough for this fuckery. He had better but her a fancy dress for the BAFTA thing. She’s earned it. He had better not palm her off with an old suit and the argument that the tuxedo look us very glamorous on girls.

        Actually, my first thought was that I would hit that like the Hand of God, but I assume I don’t need to clarify that.

        ETA: it occurs to me that Cumby might make Emily google him when he’s busy deciding whether to be rebellious and wear his Friday socks on a Thursday. So, Emily the Neice/PA, if you need us to arrange your escape, just give us a secret hand signal the next time he drags you somewhere crappy. We’ll smuggle you out and get you a proper job that pays in actual money and not just leftover STiD merchandise.

      • Abby says:

        @Lindy…I wasn’t close enough to smell him sadly but our hands did brush off for a second :$…lets just say he has soft hands

    • Leah says:

      Emily the PA is the unsung hero. Does she get to bring around friends, I wonder? I mean, there’s Cumby chatting with a dude/friend… and Emily the PA, gazing into the middle-distance, imaging the dress she wants and hoping nobody knows about the Tumblr she created.

    • Janey says:

      I don’t get why she’s always there – I know she’s his PA, and that’s probably a pretty full on job, but that wasn’t an event or anything – it was just a trip to the football, couldn’t the poor girl get the night off? What kind of personal assisting related emergency was expected?

      • Eve says:

        “What kind of personal assisting related emergency was expected?”

        Keeping someone like me at bay, perhaps?

        Nah, I would NEVER try to kidnap Cumby — or would I? DUN-DUN-DUUUUUUUNNN!

      • Tish says:

        There’s a report from a fan who attended the Little Favour premiere and she said that Cumby is really close with Emily and his half-sister who was also there. I guess he just really wants to hang-out with her and she just has this face who looks bored everytime.

      • Janey says:

        Eve – I strongly suspect Emily might assist with the kidnapping – she’d get to drive the jag, wouldn’t be expected to get DUC into cabs. You might have to promise to return him after she’d had her little break, but I think she’d be there, merrily waving a chloroform soaked rag.

        Tish – Possibly she just has bitchy resting face or isn’t comfortable with the attention from paps and such, it’s just struck me as odd, wherever Cumby goes, Emily goes too – even when it’s clearly downtime and he could reasonably be expected to not do anything too stupid. I get the being close aspect, but working together/hanging out together/family gatherings together – I think he’s great and even I’m thinking that’s too much Cumby.

      • Jojo says:

        Wow. What a strange place this is. I can’t believe people are making digs about the fact they’re pals.
        She’s not socialising with him in a PA capacity, she’s related to him, but they’re also obviously friends and are close too. That’s lovely. I wish I was closer to my family. And furthermore, neither of them or their friends/relatives ask to be photographed, spied on through twitter etc.. So I’m not sure anyone has the right to comment.

  8. teatimescoming says:

    No. This is all bad, all around. This book was so good, and Hollywood is going to ruin it

  9. betsy says:

    I wonder if Benedict will jump ship. This film will bomb now. What men will want to see a film with sparkles in.

    • Abby says:

      Men might still watch it as its an explorer’s story which fascinates many….but and a big but Robert needs to have less screen time as compared to Benedict.

      If Robert is going to be on every poster and showing this movie to be a two hero film…oh boy we are in trouble.

      • mia girl says:

        @Abby – I really like Pattinson, but I agree with you… at this point, featuring him prominently on a poster/promotion for a movie can repel many men because in their minds the emo vampire stench is still fresh.

        He will have a couple of chances to prove his ability before this particular movie comes out (assuming it gets made). If he pulls off what looks like a more challenging/ugly supporting character in Michod’s The Rover movie, then he may be able to start building some “man cred”. It’s a tall task. I’m rooting for him though.

    • bee says:

      Oh lord, give it a rest. Because the hordes turned out to watch that Assange mess? I’m looking forward to Pattinson proving all you doubters wrong.

      • Abby says:

        Who would come to see an Assange movie anyways when it is being made by the Twilight director??

        Well hordes didn’t exactly show up to watch Cosmopolis either. So I should deduce Robert doesn’t have any fan following outside of Twilight???

      • bee says:

        @Abby Cosmopolis was a very niche movie, directed buy an auture, not everyone’s cup of tea. My point is, if you don’t want Cumberbatch to be judged on that movie’s returns, Rob shouldn’t be either. Rob is just starting out post Twilight and may I remind you Benedict Cumberbatch has ten years on him. Give him a chance, I can guarantee the promo will be gold. Rob give’s good promo (see Tumblr)

      • Abby says:

        I am not judging him at all…see my comment earlier I am ready to give him a chance. All I am saying is that I agree with Betsy when she says that his presence will put off men from watching the movie.

        Many of my cousins (males) don’t watch any movie with Robert irrespective of how good it is. His presence just makes them NOT want to see it.

        As for BO power I really don’t give a shit..neither do I base my judgement about someone’s talent on their BO record.

        Well going by your assurance I hope Robert does deliver in this one :)

  10. Chinoiserie says:

    I have been waiting to Kaiser to write about this. I think Rob could play Benedict’s son since he looks a bit younger than he is and Benedict older than he really is.

  11. GIRLFACE says:

    YAY! I think this is great. I have picked up that book and put it down a million times.

  12. Lilian says:

    Rob is adorable, but not as an actor… he should stick to music, that’s where he’s really talented…

  13. Jen says:

    Two ugly English dudes in the same movie. Lovely.

  14. bee says:

    I think Rob will play one of the officers who accompanied Percy on his first trip. It’s the main supporting role and seems most likely imo. I also think Rob will do a fantastic job and although I’m not particularly a fan of Cumberbatch (don’t see the appeal), I think this is an interesting pairing and look forward to supporting the movie. It would be nice if both sets of fans could get on :)

  15. Lindy79 says:

    In the grey suit picture of Robert, does he look like he’s trying to push out a sneaky fart?

    No?…just me so.

  16. lady mary. says:

    why didnt TommyAnne audition for this ?i guess Rob is playin a “rock ” that might have fallen on perry fawcetts head

  17. Francie Nolan says:

    Comparing Pattinson’s acting to a tree is the best description I’ve ever seen.

  18. Cary says:

    I love how the Cumberbitches are all noooo we don’t want your peanut butter in our chocolate.

    I like Pattinson but I’d never defend his acting. Maybe playing opposite Cumberbatch will force him to up his game.

  19. Anname says:

    If he is such a horrible actor, why are Cronenberg, Marsh, Gray, Herzog and Corbijn are all hiring him? He has not proven to be a box office draw outside of Twilight, yet he is getting these jobs with great directors. You may hate him, but these directors must think he has enough talent to do the job. He has a bit more time before you can write him off, with these 5 projects pending.

    • T.C. says:

      Same answer as to why Kristen Stewart keeps getting roles. Mainly these directors need a big name to get financing for their Indie movies. Look I respect the Twi actors for trying and unlike Stewart I like Pattinson but they just aren’t any good at acting. They should produce or something. Invest in these movies with their money, hire better actors to replace them.

      • Miss Bennet says:

        T.C. I agree with Anname. With his performance in Cosmopolis and the work he’s doing with all these great directors I think he’ll do fine. Unlike Stewart he seems to be teachable and open to change. Practice makes progress and he’s getting lots of acting practice. To be fair we should give him a chance to prove himself.

      • prisk says:

        They’re all terrible in the twilight movies but at least Stewart has given a few nice perfomances when she was younger . What has pattinson ever done ? or Lautner Don’t tell me about harry potter please i am a potterhead and he just gave a weak perfomance in a good movie and has a small part anyway .
        He has a lot to prove . Neither his perfomance in Cosmopolis nor that Dior ad convinced me about his talent

      • SM says:

        @prisk Finally someone said it: He was awful as Cedric Diggory. I was a huge Potterhead then and expected someone tall, muscular and really beautiful. Almost an Armie Hammer or Chris Hemsworth type. Then this scrawny, weird looking guy jumped out of the tree and it just disappointed me. Goblet of Fire was one of my least favorite HPs though, and RP didn’t do anything to make that better.

    • T.C. says:

      Unfortunately I saw Cosmopolis, Bel Ami, and Water for Elephants. The talent he worked with didn’t rub off on him. He doesn’t know how to express himself and has no charisma. Being handsome is not charisma. He is just really stiff. The guy needs real acting lessons not just trying to swing it by learning on the set. He had never received any training. Most British actors at least go to acting school.

      I cannot stand miss moody obnoxious Kstew but as bad an actress as she is, she’s still better than him. As is Zach Efron. Think what a difference the both can make in investing their money in a production company instead of trying to act.

  20. Francie Nolan says:

    I don’t think anybody can defend his acting. It’s terrible. It will be a miracle if anybody can get a performance out of him.

    A lot of indie directors have to make casting concessions to finance their projects. The money men make a lot of decisions. You best believe there were better actors available but they aren’t “bankable.” However they’ll soon learn Pats doesn’t bring in an audience.

    • Me1 says:

      Lol, you clearly have no idea what you’re talking about. Have you actually seen a film he’s been in? And I don’t mean Twilight.

    • Anname says:

      “However they’ll soon learn Pats doesn’t bring in an audience. “…

      These are the kinds of statements that I find so amusing. Do you think you have some special knowledge or access to numbers they don’t? I think they are quite aware of Rob’s box office draw (or lack thereof), and wow, they hired him anyway. So if he isn’t bringing in the big audience, maybe they hired him because he can bring something unique to the role.

  21. Me1 says:

    I’m noticing that the alien’s fans are truly living up to their ‘bitchy’ moniker. I happen to think Cumberwhatever, is just about the most unattractive male on the big screen, I have no compulsion to see him in anything. I will however, see this movie for Rob. What a lot of close minded mean spirited people you are. Funny how you all know so much more than those respected Hollywood directors, who keep casting Pattinson. I bet most of you have never even seen one of his films, you’re tired insults are just that. Tired.

  22. Emmeline says:

    They should call this The Lost City of Z lister LOL I’m not a fan of either of these two. But at least Pattinson had a box office. Cumby never had one. Pitt may be slow looking but he is not foolish he knows that Cumby is not a boxoffice draw , that why he is bringing Pattinson on board. [Still risky though.]

  23. flavia_deluce says:

    Maybe RP will play the author, who found the diaries and wrote the book? He’s not that bad an actor, I think hanging out with BC for a bit will be a good influence on him. I’m excited for this film but can we please cast BC in something with a sex scene? I mean seriously.

  24. Megan says:

    Oh god.

    Oh god no..please no. :(

  25. Tig says:

    I hope it gets made for the promo tour alone- that would be great! I like Cumbie in Sherlock, but haven’t seen him in much else. As far as Rob’s acting, why does no one ever mention Water for Elephants? He was great in that-my SO watched it and kept saying ” That’s the Vampire guy? I thought he was supposed to be bad-”he really liked the movie.

    • Jamie says:

      Totally agree on this. In that movie, he was better than Reese, who was horribly miscast. He pulled his weight and wasn’t stiff or dull – the most common complaints about his acting.

      The movie all his fans love to point at – Cosmopolis – actually doesn’t showcase his acting skills at all, IMO. He was much better in WFE.

    • Another Ann says:

      My husband really liked WFE too. He’s no fan of Twilight, but he has no problem watching Robert Pattinson in other movies.

      Jamie, it was Reese who I had the most trouble with in that movie too. So miscast.

  26. JS says:

    I can’t believe it. Benedict can act of course, but can he carry a movie? This will be a chance for Robert to raise his game.

  27. mimi says:

    This film sounds exciting. Happy to see Rob attached to it. I’ll definitely see it when it arrives in the theaters.

  28. manta says:

    The shocking news here is that it’s a James Gray movie and Joaquin is nowhere in the casting!!!
    Maybe we can be confident in the fact that Gray is a brilliant director. He made me appreciate a Paltrow performance (Two lovers), and I usually find her insufferable.
    So a miracle may happen.

  29. Beth says:

    Whatever. I’m just thinking about the press tour gold mine that this would be. I hope they get interviewed together. They both suffer from a little bit of the verbal vomit. Adorable verbal vomit, that is.

    PLEASE let this happen.

  30. ParisBorn says:

    Ugh, they really have to do these little casting tricks to get funding nowadays. As far as BO goes neither one have a good track record (That mess Twilight doesn’t count–anyone could’ve played wooden like him), but at least BC can act. Sad that so many young actors are overlooked just b/c of (fading) popularity.

  31. Lark says:

    I’m surprised people are surprised at the Twilight stars (even Ashley Green and Lutzy) /Emma Watson getting work. The Wrap had a write-up (or some industry site) a few months ago about young franchise stars and they pointed out that a) Sulky has given several well-received turns in indie films and b) that Sparkles was well-received in Cosmopolis. Both Sulky (even post-scandal) and Sparkles were on Vulture’s 100 Most Valuable Stars list this year. Twilight may be an albatross around his neck, but it is an albatross with some benefits. He has a name that can help secure financing, and he did a decent job with Cosmopolis according to most of the critics. He also has Cronenberg in his corner. So getting a juicy supporting role in a film like this shouldn’t be a shock. I’d get being shocked if he was the lead, but he apparently is not. Anyway, objectively this makes sense.

    That said…I’m pretty sure this is the project that Brad has been trying to get going for the past four years and is considered kind of cursed. If Benny The Lizard King was cast in Star Wars, like the rumors say, then I imagine he may have to drop out. Poor Brad. Sparkles will be still be doing very well though if that happens. He has a film with Dane DeHaan, and an ensemble role in the new Cronenberg film, and I believe he has a role in the new Herzog film too.

  32. Anna says:

    So both him AND Stewart announce projects right before they were spotted together?…YES that’s not weird at all.One reason i hate twilight is because these two get roles over other ,more talented ,actors.

  33. Kelly says:

    I see it, they both look like related lost aliens. Though one is a fantastic actor, the other – not really.

  34. Kim says:

    Oh Oh catfight between Twihards and Cumberb#tches LOL

  35. Mayamae says:

    I just found something amazingly funny on YouTube. It’s called “Bad Lip Reading” and it’s twilight clips are hysterical.

  36. Sunny says:

    both men have similar “special” faces (flat, big, lizardish) so they could play father and son. Why not? Could work. Both are good actors but i don´t think one of them can carry a movie alone.

  37. Anon says:

    People, people, simmer down. Can’t we agree that these are two very pale, tall English dudes who have moments when they are unexpectedly really sexy & attractive? And that a movie with the two of them might be fun to watch for both their avid fans and people who like adventure movies?

    Although I’m having visions of both of them being horribly sunburned. Wear a hat guys!

  38. Source says:

    “People, people, simmer down. Can’t we agree that these are two very pale, tall English dudes who have moments when they are unexpectedly really sexy & attractive? And that a movie with the two of them might be fun to watch for both their avid fans and people who like adventure movies?”


    Why does it have to be the Cumberbitches against the RobLovers? Can’t we all just get along?

    I do agree that putting down one while saying the other person’s fans are closed-minded or jerky, etc., is defeating the purpose of your message.

    The Cumberbitches and the RobLovers banding together could be awesome. These guys are both talented. They’re both hot in their own way. Some are crossovers (like me) while some like one or the other. But isn’t it interesting how those who like one will talk about how weird and ugly the other is? We all see something different when we look at someone. That doesn’t make it right or wrong. If everyone liked the same type, that would be boring, not to mention create a lot of lonely people.

    I don’t need to say, “My guy is hot, while yours is ugly.” Because…why?

    Cronenberg has now cast Rob in two movies. He does not need Rob’s name for financing. He’s not saying, “Well, I could go with talented actor ‘A’ but Rob will bring in the big bucks.” He loves Rob. Did anyone see these two doing promotions together? It was a total bromance. Cronenberg has gone on record, time and again, gushing about Rob’s talent. He didn’t do it in that fake way actors do in interviews, but he seems to genuinely appreciate Rob and his talent. Hiring him for a second film, puts the proof in the facts.

    So, let’s stop putting one actor down or another while goading their fans to get mad. Let’s band together and make this about the LOVE, people!

  39. Camille (TheOriginal) says:


    I’d watch this film if someone else was in the lead. Otherwise I will more than likely pass.

  40. Francie Nolan says:

    Cronenberg has gone on record saying he needed Sparkles for financing. Why deny that? Besides Cosmopolis sucked anyway so it was a lose lose situation.

    BC can act. Sparkles can’t. That’s going to be either hilarious or embarrassing.

    • Source says:

      He said it in front of Pattinson while they were being interviewed together. He didn’t say it in a way of, “I wanted to hire a much more talented actor, but since he’s well-known, I chose him.” The question he answered was more like they were saying Rob was typecast in a certain way, and he was explaining that what Rob’s done in the past doesn’t matter.

      And he’s hired him again for another movie.

      I just can’t see Cronenberg ONLY getting an actor to finance a film. He’s well-respected and Rob’s reviews, overall, were very good. The only way to change his “guys stay away from his movies” thing is to star in movies like Cosmopolis. I saw on Twitter where a lot of guys were saying they completely misjudged Rob and thought he was brilliant in the role.

      There are many actors who changed from teeny-bop stuff, etc., and had successful careers. You may not like Leo DiCaprio, but after Titanic and it’s huge popularity, with Leo being so prominent in the role and identified with it, you could say guys would stay away from his movies. But he completely changed his image. And gotten academy award nominations.

      Also, actors from every YA franchise, have branched out. The more roles they do that are different, and the more time passes, the more the general public is going to forget the other stuff.

      And financing doesn’t explain the back to back to back to back movies Rob has coming out, with well-respected directors.

      So, to chalk it up to Cronenberg only hiring Rob for his name recognition, is totally ludicrous.

      • Francie Nolan says:

        Leonardo Dicaprio was an Oscar nominee before Titanic and gave one critically acclaimed performance after another. Every write up about Pattinson talks about his poorly reviewed performances in indies that are barely rated better than Twilight. What talent are we talking about here?

        Directors are not gods or miracle workers. And yes Cronenberg needs to beg for money because his films in recent years have been huge disappointments and the fact that he’s had to gush about the acting talent of Twilight boy and the always awful Keria Knightley shows how far he’s fallen. Keanu Reeves worked with Coppola. Doesn’t mean the casting worked out or Keanu was good.

        None of these “respected” directors are so high up the food chain that they aren’t beholden to financiers getting a bankable name to get their projects off the ground. It’s either pick the weak actor with name recognition or don’t make the film at all. That’s the way it works.

        Pattinson’s performances have always been weak as his notices have attested. Its only his fans who think he’s a burgeoning talent.

        Kristen Stewart keeps getting hired too. I don’t pretend it doesn’t have anything to do with Twilight.

  41. lunchcoma says:

    Pattinson isn’t my favorite, but there have been times he’s been effective in movies. He was fine in Cosmopolis and one of the better parts about Water for Elephants. Cronenburg has worked with him before and presumably knows what to do with him.

    And, sure, financing was undoubtedly part of the casting decision. It usually is. Doesn’t mean he’s going to ruin the movie.

  42. Kelli Chavez says:

    I can’t believe how knit picky people are, Rob was not bad in Twilight, he was what was good about it! I think if anyone else had need Edward that movie would have flopped, he was great in water for elephants, and in Remember Me too! Can’t blame him for the horrible misrepresentation of what kind of movie it was. The marketing department should have been fired for that one, it was NOT a romantic comedy or chick flick, it was a very serious movie with some very serious subjects about life.
    Give him a chance people, I didn’t really care for Benedict but have come to really like him and his acting…..

  43. PunkyMomma says:

    Do hope this comes to pass. I might just actually part with PunkyDaddy’s hard earned dollars to see this movie.

  44. Source says:

    So, respected directors want their movies ruined by bad actors and don’t care about crap reviews, just so they can get financing? Lots and lots of directors. Over and over. Got it.

  45. Francie Nolan says:

    Well it’s certainly not based on Pattinson’s body of work, which has been universally terrible. The stans can only point to one performance of his as being ‘good’ and that was just as flat and lifeless as the rest. Only time not ALL the critics hated it. So, success?

    Cumberbatch is the respected actor here for the cred. Pattinson is the supporting concession for supposed publicity and box office. Why people think the indie world is any more artistically pure than the rest of Hollywood I’ll never know.

  46. Smt says:

    If Cumberbitches really want to freak out, rent How to Be (or maybe it is still on Netflix instant). One of the worst movies ever. I think he did it a year before Twilight. I listened to one of Rob’s fans who said that would change my mind about him. All it showed me was that Catherine Hardwick worked a miracle with him in Twilight.