NEW MOVIE ROLE: Robert Pattinson to star in 'The Childhood of a Leader'!

NEW MOVIE ROLE: Robert Pattinson to star in 'The Childhood of a Leader'!

UPDATE: Added more info about the film from the director!


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From Variety:
Robert Pattinson to Co-Star in ‘The Childhood of a Leader’

Juliette Binoche, Tim Roth and Robert Pattinson are attached to “The Childhood of a Leader,” a new drama directed by Brady Corbet, Variety has learned.

The pic is Corbet’s feature directorial debut, after winning honorable mention at Sundance in 2009 for his short “Protect You + Me.”

The drama, which tells the childhood of a post-World War I leader, is tentatively scheduled to shoot in Europe starting in May. Corbet co-wrote the script with Mona Fastvold, the director of the upcoming Sundance drama “The Sleepwalker.” It will be produced by Antoine and Martine de Clermont-Tonnere, Chris Coen and Amour Fou.

Corbet, the star of this year’s Sundance indie “Simon Killer,” just wrapped roles in Noah Baumbach’s “While We’re Young,” Andrea Di Stefano’s “Paradise Lost” and Bertrand Bonello’s “Saint Laurent.”
More info from The Film Stage:
With roles in Simon Killer, Martha Marcy May Marlene, Melancholia, Funny Games, and more, Brady Corbet has been a fascinating actor to watch in recent years, but now the up-and-coming talent is headed down a different direction. While he directed the 2008 short Protect You + Me, he’s now set to helm his feature-length debut with a new project titled The Childhood of a Leader.
According to Variety, he’s already assembled quite a cast as well, with the Cosmopolis duo of Juliette Binoche and Robert Pattinson on board, along with Tim Roth. The film, co-written by Corbet and Mona Fastvold, will track the childhood of a post-World War I leader. Unfortunately there’s no additional details outside of a Europe production scheduled for this May, but hopefully we’ll see this one on the 2015 festival circuit.
In the meantime, watch Corbet’s aforementioned short below and one can see him hitting up festivals next year with Paradise Lost, Assayas’ Sils Maria and Fastvold’s The Sleepwalker, as well as (hopefully) Noah Baumbach‘s While We’re Young. Click HERE to see the short.
From The Playlist:
From "Twilight" hunk couldn't walk into a corner store without a legion of girls screaming and passing out, to an actor making all the right moves, Robert Pattinson continues to leave his vampire past far behind him. With a re-teaming with David Cronenberg and films with James Gray and Werner Herzog on the horizon, Pattinson continues to be cashing in his Respectable Actor chips and is now set to work again with a famed French actress.

Pattinson is re-teaming with "Cosmopolis"co-star Juliette Binoche for "The Childhood Of A Leader." Tim Roth rounds out the leading trio the cast in the film co-written by Mona Fastvold and actor Brady Corbert ("Melancholia," "Simon Killer") that will tell the story —as you might have guessed from the title — of the childhood of a post-WWI leader. Which one? Don't ask because for the moment, Variety isn't saying. That being said, we should know more soon.

Everything is coming together for shooting to start in May overseas, with Corbet making his feature directorial debut. So add this to Pattinson's growing list of intriguing projects that he has coming down the line.
UPDATE: The director, Brady Corbet, gave a description of the film to The Aesthete (via RPMoms). An excerpt:
Corbet is about to embark on his most daunting and risky gamble to date. As soon as he wraps Paradise Lost, he heads back to Paris to begin prep on his debut feature as a writer-director. And it’s a doozy: a WWI-era period drama called The Childhood of a Leader that he plans to film in both English and French with no genre hook or titillating graphic content. “It’s about an American family that has to go to France for the Paris peace conference,” Corbet says. “But it’s really a dark fable about this little boy coming of age during a very politically charged period in world history.” Corbet is well aware that to many it might seem like something of a tough sell. “I’m trying to find new and evocative ways to talk about it and make it sound not so dry because it is very formal, but it's almost a thriller. It flirts with being a thriller for sure. Yeah, it's a strange film. I guess I’ve always been passionate about anything that feels difficult.”
From ioncinema:
2014 has long been shaping up to be a memorable year for the “actor” Brady Corbet. The indie veteran whose worked with major auteur talents continues next year with the likes of Assayas, Bonello, Hansen-Løve and Baumbach film (and that not including a foursome of other projects) will then look to commence the directing phase with Juliette Binoche, Robert Pattinson and his Funny Games U.S. co-star Tim Roth in The Childhood of a Leader. Variety reports that the French financed production is aiming for what would probably be a post Cannes start. Antoine and Martine de Clermont-Tonnere (Salvo) and Chris Coen (Jane Got a Gun/Funny Games) are producing. 
Gist: Taking place perhaps during the same era as Haneke’s White Ribbon, this dramatic period piece set in France describes the childhood of a post-World War I leader. 
Worth Noting: Remember the name of Mona Fastvold. She is what we could considered a creative partner for Corbet as both collaborated on The Sleepwalker (her debut which preems in Sundance next month) and both co-wrote this film. 
Do We Care? A force and creative Sundance winning short, editing credits in Two Gates of Sleep and writing creds in Simon Killer and the Sundance-selected The Sleepwalker (see still above) which we’ll be covering next month, we’re curious in seeing just how far Corbet pushes the buttons and how an actor brings out the best in top ranked trio and the child actor he’ll cast.
This is quite the load for 2014! We couldn't be happier. Queen of the Desert is slated for January, Life in February, Mission: Blacklist somewhere after that, this new gem, The Childhood of a Leader, in May and The Lost City of Z over the summer! Keep it coming!


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