It has been revealed that Robert Pattinson has replaced Colin Farrell in David Cronenberg’s Cosmopolis.

Back in May last year it was announced that Colin Farrell would star alongside La Vie en Rose actress, Marion Cotillard, as well as Cinderella Man‘s Paul Giamatti in the upcoming film from Canadian director, David Cronenberg.

Cronenberg has written the screenplay for the film, which is based on a novel of the same name by Don DeLillo, who is also thought to be involved with the production. Cosmopolis tells the story of a fast-living billionaire, who manages to lose his fortune on international money markets, cheat on his wife and find himself the target of a couple of stalkers – all within the space of 24 hours.

However, it has now been announced that Farrell has dropped out of the project – possibly due to conflicting schedule commitments with the Total Recall reboot. Not to worry though – Pattinson is clearly as keen as ever to further himself from that troublesome Twilight stigma, and has happily stepped in to replace the Irishman in the film’s lead role.

R-Patz has also made a respectable dash for freedom in his upcoming film, Water for Elephants, which we can expect to see in cinemas in April…before he’s back to playing the nation’s favourite vampire in Breaking Dawn – Part 1 & 2.

It is yet to be confirmed whether the other previously named cast members will stay on for filming, but Cronenberg is certainly used to working with such big Hollywood names. Specialising in what is (apparently) known as ‘body horror’, he previously worked with Jude Law in his 1999 film eXistenZ, whilst Viggo Mortensen and Keira Knightley both star in his upcoming historical biopic, A Dangerous Method, which is due for release later this year.

Could Cosmopolis complete Pattinson’s transformation from quirky heart-throb to properly credible actor?! We can’t wait to find out!

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