Robert Pattinson to Star in David Cronenberg’s ‘Cosmopolis’

The “Twilight” star joins Marion Cotillard and Paul Giamatti in the film

Last Updated: January 5, 2011 @ 3:29 PM

As Summit Entertainment's "Twilight Saga" draws to a close with the two-part finale "Breaking Dawn," the series' breakout star Robert Pattinson has started thinking about what's next for his post-Edward career.

With that in mind, Pattinson has accepted the lead role in writer-director David Cronenberg's adaptation of Don DeLillo's novel "Cosmopolis," the actor's representation at WME has confirmed to TheWrap.

Described as a study of capitalism in a slightly futuristic metropolis, the drama will find Pattinson playing Eric Packer, a financial wunderkind who risks his entire fortune to bet against the yen on a tumultuous trading day. The young man's decision backfires and he becomes a possible assassination target during a 24-hour odyssey across Manhattan.

Pattinson replaces Colin Farrell in the film, which will co-star Oscar winner Marion Cotillard as his wife, as well as Oscar nominee Paul Giamatti.

An admitted fan of Cronenberg's films and DeLillo's books, Pattinson next stars opposite Reese Witherspoon and Christoph Waltz in Francis Lawrence's adaptation of another acclaimed novel, Sara Gruen's "Water For Elephants."

In addition to WME, Pattinson is represented by 3 Arts Entertainment, and his casting in "Cosmopolis" was first reported by Deadline.