The yet-to-be-titled film, set in outer space, is being written by Denis, British novelist Zadie Smith and Smith’s writer husband Nick Laird. Based on an idea by Denis and her longtime writing partner Jean-Pol Fargeau, the film’s plot remains under wraps “but it is known to take place beyond the solar system in a ‘future that seems like the present’.”
This is the latest idiosyncratic casting choice from Pattinson, who’s also starring in Harmony Korine’s Miami-set revenge thriller, “The Trap,” and he will next be seen in Anton Corbijn’s 1950s Americana ode “Life” as James Dean’s friend and photographer Dennis Stock.
Producers at Alcatraz Film, which also handled Denis’ 2013 “Bastards,” confirmed the casting: “We are very proud and very happy, as is Claire, about what will be a great collaboration. Robert is committed to the project and we are committed to him.”
The project also marks Smith’s screenwriting debut, though her luminous first novel “White Teeth” (2000) was reborn as a British miniseries in 2002. The rest of Denis’ menagerie of unusual collaborators on this film include Danish-Icelandic installation artist Olafur Eliasson—with whom Denis made a short film to accompany a Fondation Louis Vuitton Paris exhibit last December—and Stuart Staples of the indie band Tindersticks, which provided moody soundtracks for “The Intruder,” “White Material” and “Bastards.”