Robert Pattinson to Star in ‘Mission: Blacklist’

Robert Pattinson will star in the thriller, based on a novel written by Eric Maddox, who helped lead the hunt for Saddam Hussein

Robert Pattinson will star in “Mission: Blacklist,” a psychological thriller to be directed by Jean-Stephane Sauvaire that hits the Cannes Film Market in May.

Getty ImagesThe film is based on the novel "Mission: Black List #1," which was written by a man intimately involved in the capture of Saddam Hussein, military interrogator Eric Maddox.

Erik Jendresen, who wrote for and produced "Band of Brothers," adapted the novel for the big screen.

Jendresen is producing with Ross M. Dinerstein, managing partner of Preferred Content, and Kevin Waller.

Embankment Films, Tim Haslam and Hugo Grumbar's new sales and distribution company, will shop the rights at Cannes.

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"This movie is a gripping, edge of your seat thriller," Dinerstein said in a statement. "I have been inspired by Robert and Jean-Stephane's dedication to tell this story in the most authentic way possible, and I'm thrilled to add Hugo and Tim to our team."

Pattinson's next film, the David Cronenberg-directed "Cosmopolis," will premiere at Cannes. The "Twlight" heartthrob will then seek to sate his salivating fans in the final installment of the vampire epic, "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn II," this fall.

Sauvaire's last film was "Johnny Mad Dog," which also premiered at the Cannes Film Festival.