Robert Pattinson Set To Hunt Down Saddam Hussein In 'Mission: Blacklist'

RPattz will play the man who helped capture the Iraqi leader in 2003.

Robert Pattinson is on a "Mission: Blacklist" in his new thriller. The heartthrob is set to star in the big-screen adaptation of the Eric Maddox book that tells the story of the man who played a vital role in the campaign to capture Saddam Hussein.

The film is being adapted by "Band of Brothers" writer/producer Erik Jendresen from Maddox's book "Mission: Black List #1: The Inside Story of the Search for Saddam Hussein — As Told by the Soldier Who Masterminded His Capture," according to The Hollywood Reporter. Davin Seay co-wrote the book with Maddox, who was the military interrogator that played a key role in the 2003 capture of the Iraqi leader.

The film will be directed by Jean-Stephane Sauvaire and is expected to get shopped around at the [article id="1683445"]Cannes Film Festival[/article] this month. Pattinson will be there to promote his David Cronenberg film, "Cosmopolis."

"This movie is a gripping, edge-of-your-seat thriller," producer Ross M. Dinerstein said in a statement about the film, according to The Baltimore Sun. "I have been inspired by Robert and Jean-Stephane's dedication to tell this story in the most authentic way possible."

"Mission: Blacklist" is the latest edgy, unexpected film that Pattinson has added to his post-"Twilight" résumé, which includes Cronenberg's trippy "Cosmopolis" and the sexy costume drama "Bel Ami." Pattinson's final "Twilight" film, "Breaking Dawn - Part 2," is set for release in November.

While "Mission" is still in development, Pattinson recently returned to the "Twilight Saga" set to [article id="1683147"]film reshoots[/article] for "Breaking Dawn."

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