Robert Pattinson's Star Continues to Soar

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Maps to the Stars is an upcoming satire drama film directed by David Cronenberg and starring Julianne Moore, Mia Wasikowska, John Cusack, Robert Pattinson, Olivia Williams, Sarah Gadon, and Evan Bird. The screenplay was written by Bruce Wagner who later wrote a book, Dead Stars, based on the Maps to the Stars script after the plans for making the film with Cronenberg fell through the first time.
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April 30th, 2014

Robert Pattinson first appeared on movie screens in the 2004 movie adaptation of William Makepeace Thackeray's "Vanity Fair" and began garnering attention with his portrayal of Cedric Diggory in "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire." However, it was not until the first "Twilight" movie was released in 2008 that Pattinson rose to the level of international heartthrob. The English actor was perfectly cast as Edward Cullen, the love interest of Bella Swan, and reprised the role in subsequent "Twilight" films.

Since his appearance in "Twilight," Pattinson has managed to defy expectations and continually impress critics with his choices in roles and his diverse acting chops. Around the same time as "Twilight," Pattinson played a young Salvador Dali in "Little Ashes," and in 2012, he played the lead role in "Cosmopolis," a David Cronenberg-directed adaptation of a Don DeLillo novel.

With the last "Twilight" installment well in the past, fans of Robert Pattinson may be wondering what is next for the rising star. The following films are a few of Pattinson's upcoming projects.

"The Rover"

Robert Pattinson has already appeared onscreen with some formidable acting talent, but "The Rover" finds Pattinson acting next to "L.A. Confidential" and "Memento" star Guy Pearce. An Australian crime picture that takes place in the near future, "The Rover" is a very interesting project equipped with high-wattage star power. The film was directed by David Michôd, who only has one feature-length credit under his belt, but that film happens to be the excellent crime thriller "Animal Kingdom." "The Rover" debuts at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival before making its way to a U.S. release in June.

"Maps to the Stars"

After his intense turn as Eric Packer in "Cosmopolis," Robert Pattinson will once again team up with Canadian director David Cronenberg for "Maps to the Stars." This upcoming drama marks the second time in a row the director and actor have worked together, and is more evidence of Pattinson's commitment to appearing in thought-provoking, quality pictures. "Maps to the Stars" promises to be a dark yet enlightening study on Hollywood's relationship to culture in general. For this film, Pattinson will share the screen with other A-list luminaries such as Julianne Moore, Carrie Fisher and John Cusack.

"Queen of the Desert"

Working with David Cronenberg on two projects in a row is one thing, but for "Queen of the Desert" Robert Pattinson teamed up with none other than German film legend Werner Herzog. For this movie, Herzog examines the multifaceted life of English archaeologist, spy and writer, Gertrude Bell. Pattinson plays British military officer, Colonel Thomas Edward Lawrence, who was the inspiration for "Lawrence of Arabia." While Peter O'Toole played the historical figure in that 1962 classic, Pattinson will portray him in "Queen of the Desert," while sharing the screen with Nicole Kidman, Damian Lewis and James Franco. "Queen of the Desert" is set for a 2015 release.

"Life"

"Life" was directed, appropriately enough, by Anton Corbijn, who began his career as a photographer and has captured an extensive range of musical artists from Joy Division to Tom Waits to Miles Davis in his acclaimed sets of photographs. Corbijn also directed numerous music videos and music documentaries, but is now active in the world of feature films. His project "Life" is about the relationship between James Dean and "Life" magazine photographer Dennis Stock. Once again, Robert Pattinson defies expectations by appearing not as the screen legend, but as the well-known photographer. "Life" promises to be as visually fascinating as all of Corbijn's other efforts, including the feature films "Control" and "The American." Like any upcoming project with Pattinson, it promises to be cinematically interesting as well.

"Hold on to Me"

"Hold on to Me" stars Robert Pattinson alongside Carey Mulligan, who has a resume packed with critically acclaimed features including "Inside Llewyn Davis," "Drive" and "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps." The two stars are working with director James Marsh, who is best known for his documentary "Man on Wire." The plot of this intriguing thriller involves a woman, played by Mulligan, taking advantage of the naivety of Pattinson's character, a romantic suitor. "Hold on to Me" is scheduled for a 2015 release.

Robert Pattinson fans have a lot to look forward to in the next year. All of the actor's upcoming projects look promising, with intriguing plots, formidable casts and some of the best directors in the business. Pattinson has effectively used his "Twilight" fame and stature to begin building one of the most auspicious careers in Hollywood.