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Robert Pattinson Not Locked In With Sofia Coppola
Every so often the Hollywood rumor mills gets something completely wrong. In this case it happens to be about Robert Pattinson and the next project he will be taking on. Everyone’s favorite vampire was seen lunching in early February with director Sofia Coppola which started the gossip in the first place. Apparently, since the two were seen together it meant that Pattinson would be starring in Coppola’s next film project. Pattinson said nothing to confirm or deny the endless speculation. Enter stage right, Stephen Dorff.
Dorff spoke with Hollywoodlife.com about the apparent match-up, and according to Dorff, the rumors about Pattinson starring in Coppola’s project are not true. Although Coppola has been wanting to work with the Twilight vampire for quite some time, and hoped he would star in her upcoming “quirky dramedy”, Dorff says, “I’ve actually got a bit of gossip for you, I don’t think he’s in it.” The two did meet, and an offer was made, but the key words here are “not starring”. Instead of a lead role in the film, Pattinson, according to Dorff, was offered a smaller role “of like a club door guy,” of which, apparently Pattinson is not interested.
If readers are thinking Dorff is just saying these things to stir up the rumors again, keep this in mind, Coppola not only directed Dorff in the 2010 movie Somewhere, but is also a good friends with the A-Lister so if anyone knows the truth, it would be Dorff.
Coppola, who has more of an eye for the indie scene, has several projects in the works. The director won an Academy Award in 2003 for Lost in Translation‘s Original Screenplay and was nominated for Best Director for the same film. Her new projects involve an adaptation of the 2008 novel Goldengrove which is about a young girl who attempts to deal with her sister’s sudden death by getting involved with her sister’s boyfriend, and a film based on the Burglar Bunch. Also known as the Bling Ring burglars, the Burglar Bunch is the true story of a group of teenagers from California who robbed the homes of the rich and famous in 2008 and 2009.
Both projects have teenage male leads which does not seem to be the direction that Pattinson is steering towards. Since the worldwide box office smash of The Twilight Saga which launched Pattinson to super-stardom, he’s been doing everything he can to separate himself from the eternal teenager Edward Cullen. He has followed up the Twilight films with performances in Remember Me, and Water For Elephants. And his most recent project, due out at the Berlin Film Festival is the adaptation of the French novel Bel Ami in which Pattinson will play Georges Duroy, a dysfunctional Don Juan styled character who climbs the social ladder by bedding various high society women.
As Pattinson moves towards the darker roles one can only hope that the Coppola/Pattinson team-up will come to fruition at some point. Dorff puts it best, “I love working with [Sofia], she’s a great director, she has an original voice. There’s not much originality in the world today so when you get a chance to work with someone like her … I’d love to work with her again.”