Cannes audiences have not one but two chances to swoon over Robert Pattinson.
The actor known for his role as Edward Cullen in the blockbuster vampire-franchise “Twilight” arrived on the Croisette in need of a hit. And may in fact leave the festival with new blood coursing through his career.
Pattinson earned some of his best reviews yet for “The Rover,” the Australian action film directed by David Michod that opened out-of-competition on Sunday night. He also had strong buzz going into today’s competition debut of “Maps to the Stars,” a drama directed by David Cronenberg.
“He’s incredibly respectful,” Pattinson told Variety, saying he would love to collaborate with Cronenberg again. The two first worked together on 2012’s “Cosmopolis,” which underperformed at the U.S. box office. His other post-“Twilight” misfires include 2012’s “Bel Ami” and 2010’s “Remember Me.”
At the Vanity Fair party on Saturday night at the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc, Pattinson said he’s getting ready to shoot actor Brady Corbet’s directorial debut, “The Childhood of a Leader.” He added that “Brady is just brilliant.”
And Pattinson revealed that he’s been talking to “Spring Breakers” director Harmony Korine about starring in one of his upcoming projects, although the details haven’t been worked out yet.
Pattinson acknowledged the role that made him an international superstar came as a complete surprise.
“No one thought it was going to be a big deal,” Pattinson said of the 2008 vampire movie. “We thought it was going to be like ‘Thirteen,’ ” he said, referencing the directorial debut of Catherine Hardwicke.
“I couldn’t do another ‘Twilight’ movie,” said Pattinson, who is 28. “I’m too old.”