Mere months ago, the stars of “Twilight” were hardly household names. As the film’s November 21 release date continues to draw close, however, it has become nearly impossible to turn on the television, open a magazine or read your favorite blog without seeing Cam Gigandet, Taylor Lautner, Kristen Stewart and all the others. But where do these shooting stars go from here?
MTV News has obtained seven exclusive photos from Robert Pattinson’s upcoming film “Little Ashes” that make the answer a little clearer. They reveal the most dramatic role yet in the heartthrob’s young career, as he steps away from the Edward Cullen role and assumes the persona of eccentric, surrealist painter Salvador Dalí.
The photos depict an 18-year-old Dalí (both with and without his trademark mustache) as he makes the move from his small birth town in Spain to Madrid, where he begins experimenting with the cubist style that launched his young career. The film also depicts young poet/dramatist Federico García Lorca (newcomer Javier Beltran) and filmmaker Luis Buñel (Matthew McNulty from “Control”) and the friendship forged between the three men.
For those of you who haven’t been keeping up on your art history, Salvador Domingo Felipe Jacinto Dalí i Domènech lived from 1904 to 1989 and was best known for such dazzling, bizarre paintings as “The Persistence of Memory” and “Swans Reflecting Elephants.” A collaborator with the likes of Walt Disney and Alfred Hitchcock (who both tapped into his mind for scenes in their films), Dalí excelled at drawing attention to himself through his unconventional clothes and facial hair — a persona he largely developed during the early years that “Little Ashes” will portray.
Directed by Paul Morrison, the film’s Web site promises that it will come to select theaters in 2009 and that it is rated R for “sexual content, language and a brief disturbing image.” Clearly, Pattinson’s “Twilight” follow-up will be a long way from Stephenie Meyer’s best-selling young-adult novels — but his loyal fans are already eager to see if he will once again dazzle them.
Check out everything we’ve got on “Little Ashes.”
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