As the Twilight juggernaut that started the Rpatz phenomenon rolls to a not untimely end, 2008’s favourite pinup may be wondering what his next move should be. So far Pattinson’s CV—Harry Potter aside—lacks a palpable critical or commercial hit other than the vampire franchise that made his name. Nonetheless, things may be looking up for Pattinson: his upcoming David Cronenberg project Cosmopolis was voted the film that fans are most excited to see over the next year in a recent MTV poll, beating even the final Twilight installment. Optimists may see this as a vote for Pattinson’s future over his past. His latest film, an adaptation of Maupassant’s 1885 novel Bel Ami, seems worlds away from his work in Twilight.
Where Twilight’s earnest romance sees its heroine’s heart (quite literally) stopped by a kiss from her beau, Bel Ami has cynical protagonist Georges Duroy seducing married society women solely for career and financial gains. If Pattinson was looking to move away from the albatross of Twilight’s Edward Cullen, Georges Duroy might have seemed like the ideal reinvention.