"Twilight's" Robert Pattinson to star in "Cosmopolis"

Wed Jan 5, 2011 7:18pm EST

Cast member Robert Pattinson poses at the premiere of ''The Twilight Saga: Eclipse'' during the Los Angeles Film Festival at Nokia theatre at L.A. Live in Los Angeles June 24, 2010. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

Cast member Robert Pattinson poses at the premiere of ''The Twilight Saga: Eclipse'' during the Los Angeles Film Festival at Nokia theatre at L.A. Live in Los Angeles June 24, 2010.

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LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - "Twilight" hearthrob Robert Pattinson has signed to star in "Cosmopolis," David Cronenberg's adaptation of the Don DeLillo novel.

The actor will be stepping into the shoes that were to be worn by Colin Farrell.

Paul Giamatti and Marion Cotillard are already on board the film, which is eyeing a mid-May start in Toronto.

The project centers on a 28-year-old financial wizard and billionaire, to be played by Pattinson, as he traverses Manhattan in his stretch limo.

His goal is to get a haircut at Anthony's, his father's barber, but on this day his driver has to navigate a presidential visit, an attack by anarchists and a rapper's funeral. Stuck in traffic, he anxiously monitors the value of the yen on the limo's computer, his fortune in the balance.

Farrell was attached to play the lead but segued to a remake of "Total Recall," which also shoots in the spring.

(Editing by Zorianna Kit)

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