In news now sweeping the internet, it’s just been announced that Brit actor Robert Pattinson is set to star in a new film – “Mission: Blacklist.”
Based on the real life events that led to the capture and interrogation of Saddam Hussein from the perspective of the man at the center of those events – Eric Maddox – a former U.S Army interrogator. Maddox famously said “There is nothing intelligent about torture” and Blacklist is being touted as a psychological thriller rather than a predictable action film.
Blacklist will do the rounds for distribution at Cannes Film Festival under the aegis of Embankment Films, a sales and distribution company run by Tim Haslam and Hugo Grumbar.
Deadline and Variety are reporting Jean-Stephane Sauvaire (Johnny Mad Dog, Matalo!, La Mule), as being “committed” to directing the movie. The screenplay has been adapted by writer and producer Erik Jendresen, previously known for his work on Band of Brothers.
Jendresen’s adaptation is based on the Harper Collins novel “Mission: Blacklist #1: The Inside Story of the Search for Saddam Hussein”, itself co-written by Davin Seay and Maddox.
Ross M. Dinderstein, one of the producers of the film, along with Jendresen and Kevin Waller, describes Mission: Blacklist as “a gripping, edge of your seat thriller.”
The news today comes as Pattinson prepares for a momentous career year. Currently finishing last touches on Breaking Dawn Part 2 in Vancouver with director Bill Condon, the in-demand actor will soon be packing his bags for the French Riviera and the Cannes Film Festival.
Cosmopolis, the David Cronenberg directed urban shocker based on a Don DeLillo novel, has been selected to show in competiton at Cannes. Pattinson will also shortly be seen in U.S theaters on June 8 in Bel Ami, and in Breaking Dawn- Part 2 on November 16. A big year – and it just got bigger.
A clip of Eric Maddox speaking at a 2011 TED Talk.