In news that is likely to leave fanboys with bad taste everywhere gnashing their teeth and yanking at their follicles, a Disney “insider” recently tipped The Daily Star that Robert Pattinson is at the top of a shortlist of actors being considered by the studio to potentially play a new version of Indiana Jones. While this tip seems somewhat suspect (the last report on Indy didn’t have him returning to the big screen for two or three more years and there still isn’t a script* or confirmed director), it’s still an interesting prospect that will work certain crowds up into a tizzy.
Sayeth the “insider”:
“Disney is looking at its long-term options for the Indiana Jones franchise. They feel that the series has huge potential on many levels, starting with the films leading to other spin-offs like games which can generate more money than movies. Rob is top of the initial list because he has showed his acting stripes away from Twilight. But the competition will be stiff.”
“Showed his acting stripes away from Twilight” is a rather reductive way of saying “worked with David Cronenberg, David Michod and Olivier Assayas”, three bonafide cinematic geniuses who have all, at one point or another, raved about what a talent Pattinson is. Yes, he might’ve played Edward Cullen in the “sparkly vampire” franchise that launched a million imitators, but the kid’s got chops for days. While The Rover and Maps to the Stars remain to be seen outside of Cannes (with reports on both being quite fascinating), one look at Pattinson’s performance in Cosmopolis should be enough to sell even the most die-hard hater.
However, is this entire rumor for naught? Pattinson has never hid the fact that he kind of hated working on the Twilight franchise (see the video below), and has since seemed happy to work with art house titans. Plus, with the lack of details regarding the upcoming franchise installments, any rumor could be true at this point (which will probably one day lead me to report on a whisper that a 72-year-old Harrison Ford will star alongside a hologram of Clyde the Orangutan from Every Which Way But Loose). But if this Pattinson casting does end up happening, count me as one of its biggest supporters.
*Though a Latino Review story on a potential “new trilogy” from a few months ago says that Frank Darabont may be taking a crack at the franchise again.