Robert Pattinson’s ‘Cosmopolis': Everything You Need To Know

If you're expecting the David Cronenberg-directed flick to be just the next Pattinson movie, you may be in for a surprise.

“Cosmopolis” may be just the next [movieperson id=”365131″]Robert Pattinson[/movieperson] movie for some people, but those people are unaware of the weirdness lurking just beneath the teen-friendly leading man and the legendary director behind the camera. If you plan on checking out “Cosmopolis” this weekend, there are some things you’ll want to know first.

From the movie’s literary origins to a background on director David Cronenberg, here’s everything you need to know about “Cosmopolis.” To learn even more about the film, check out the details for the upcoming “MTV First: Robert Pattinson,” which will take place Thursday at 7:49 p.m. ET on MTV and MTV.com.

The Book
The story of “Cosmopolis” began in 2003, when author Don DeLillo published a novel of the same name. The book followed Eric Packer, a 28-year-old multi-billionaire, as he attempts to cross Manhattan in his technologically advanced limo to get a haircut. DeLillo’s novel looked at modern society and capitalism through a surrealist lens, adopting a format similar to James Joyce’s “Ulysses.”

The Movie Brawl
Despite the odds against it from the get-go, “Cosmopolis” managed to defeat the likes of “The Hunger Games” and “The Dark Knight Rises” to become the winner of MTV Movie Brawl. Voters chose which 2012 movie they were looking forward to the most, and Pattinson’s fans came out by the millions to send “Cosmopolis” to the top.

The results of the Movie Brawl may have shocked director David Cronenberg most of all. “You know, I’ve been following it! I’m shocked!” Cronenberg told MTV News. “I’m shocked and amazed and really tickled. It proves that movie fans are unpredictable and really interesting and really passionate. It’s fantastic. I would have never, ever imagined that this would happen.”

David Cronenberg
There’s a reason Cronenberg would be so shocked about the Movie Brawl win. While “Cosmopolis” has Pattinson as its leading man, the movie and rest of Cronenberg’s filmography have rarely skewed toward the mainstream. The Canadian director got his start directing bizarre horror movies, before crossing over into more surreal art house pictures like “Naked Lunch” and “Crash.” Many have marked “Cosmopolis” as a return to that era of filmmaking for Cronenberg.

Casting Pattinson
When Cronenberg decided to take on “Cosmopolis,” he knew that someone with Pattinson’s draw was needed to get funding for the picture. The director told MTV News that it was his own intuition and Pattinson’s lesser-known movies that convinced him he was right for Eric Packer. “Ultimately, I felt he was the guy. Once again, intuition,” he said. “I saw his movies, including ones maybe his Twi-hard fans don’t know about, like ’Little Ashes.’ Maybe they saw ’Remember Me,’ I’m not sure.”

If you’re interested to hear about “Cosmopolis” from Pattinson and maybe get one of your own questions answered, check out “MTV First: Robert Pattinson” this Thursday on MTV at 7:49 p.m. ET. Pattinson will premiere a clip from “Cosmopolis” on air and then take over MTV.com immediately afterward for a 30-minute interview. To get your questions answered tweet them to @MTVNews, using the hashtag #AskRob.

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