Rob Pattinson to star in ‘Bel Ami’

After 'Twilight,' actor's star is rising fast

“Twilight” star Rob Pattinson, in Cannes to promote “Remember Me,” skedded for a Feb. 12 domestic release, will star in an adaptation of Guy de Maupassant’s short story “Bel Ami.”

Uberto Pasolini is producing through his shingle Redwave Films. Pic is skedded to shoot in Paris next year with London legit director Declan Donnellan set to make his film debut. “It’s a totally amoral character,” Pattinson said, explaining that it’s a quite different role for him.

The young thesp has a busy schedule: “Remember Me,” which Summit Intl. is selling at Cannes, is set to begin lensing in four or five weeks, although the female lead is yet to be cast. “The girl needs to be literally inspirational,” said Pattinson of a catalytical element of the film. To be directed by Allen Coulter, film was scripted by Jenny Lumet. “I have no qualms saying that she’s a genius,” Pattinson laughed, adding that the script really connected with him when he first read it — even some of the dialogue sounded “the way I speak.”

The role is not that different from Edward Cullen in the “Twilight” series. “They’re both about commitment,” he said. Fans who worried that the next installment of “Twilight,” “New Moon,” won’t feature as much Edward as the first film since the book does not, can rest assured: The actor will log screen time as Bella’s “hallucinations,” according to Pattinson.

The busy thesp is also excited about “Unbound Captives,” which Madeleine Stowe directs from her script set in the American frontier of the mid-1800s. Pattinson likes a challenge, and “the script is almost entirely in Comanche,” he said.

As for “Remember Me,” “This is a big movie for us,” said Summit Intl.’s Patrick Wachsberger. The $20 million pic has sold to Aurum for Spain, SND for France, Telemunchen for Germany, Eagle for Italy, E1 for the U.K., KD Media for Korea, Hoyts in Australia, Nordisk for Scandinavia and Belga for the Benelux territories.

— Ali Jaafar contributed to this report.

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