With the blockbuster "Twilight" franchise now behind him, the fate of Robert Pattinson's career remains to be seen. Yet based on the list of projects that the actor has in the works, it's clear filmgoers can expect to see plenty more of the 26-year-old.
Pattinson is attached to star in six upcoming films and though none of them are likely to break box office records, they all have highly acclaimed directors and actors attached.
The heartthrob will soon head to Australia to film "The Rover," a futuristic western, alongside Guy Pearce and Scott McNairy.
"It's one of my top five favorite scripts that I've read since I started doing this," Pattinson told MTV of the film, which is set to be directed by David Michod. "It's the type of part I was afraid I wouldn't get after being in a franchise."
Pattinson will also star in "Mission Blacklist," based on the true story of the capture and execution of Saddam Hussein; Werner Herzog’s next project “Queen of the Desert," alongside Naomi Watts and Jude Law; and “Hold On to Me” opposite Carey Mulligan.
Earlier this month, it was reported that Pattinson will re-team with David Cronenberg for "Map to the Stars," starring Viggo Mortensen and Rachel Weisz. The film, which is reportedly a comment on celebrity obsession and Hollywood excess, is set to begin filming in May.
So far, most of Pattinson's non-"Twilight" projects have received relatively lukewarm responses. His performance in the 2010 romantic drama "Remember Me" as well as last year's "Water for Elephants" received mixed responses from critics and were only mildly successful at the box office.
Yet Pattinson earned a newfound respect earlier this year when he collaborated with Cronenberg on the cryptic drama "Cosmopolis" and received a degree of praise from critics.
"Robert Pattinson really can act," concluded Peter Travers of RollingStone.
"Nearly affectless at first, Mr. Pattinson makes a fine member of the Cronenbergian walking dead," Manohla Dargis of the New York Times said, "with a glacial, blank beauty that brings to mind Deborah Kara Unger in the director’s version of J.G. Ballard's 'Crash.'"
Though it's unclear whether his newfound respect as an actor will carry over to his upcoming roles but it's unlikely that Pattinson's star will fade anytime soon.
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