Robert Pattinson On ‘American Idiot,’ Jeff Buckley Rumors: ‘I Don’t Know’

Breaking Dawn” remains the hot item on Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner’s dance cards for the foreseeable future, but it’s certainly not the only movie either actor has in development. Pattinson’s breaking away from his Edward Cullen image in a big way with director David Cronenberg’s upcoming “Cosmopolis,” for example, while Lautner’s name has been attached to a wide range of projects including “Cancun” and “Stretch Armstrong.”

Beginning with Pattinson, the sometime vampire has found himself at the center of rumors that he’d be starring in two upcoming musically-driven projects: an adaptation of the Green Day musical “American Idiot,” for one, and a Jeff Buckley biopic for another. Perhaps he was merely playing coy, but Pattinson claimed ignorance regarding both films during this week’s “MTV First: ’Breaking Dawn – Part 1′” interview.

“I don’t know why,” he told MTV News when asked where these rumors came from. “I don’t know. Not really. The Jeff Buckley thing, I just love Jeff Buckley’s music. ’American Idiot,’ I don’t know where that came from.”

When told that the “American Idiot” rumors originated with Green Day front man Billie Joe Armstrong, Pattinson seemed surprised: “Oh, really? That’s pretty cool!”

Cool enough to get Rob on board? Maybe, maybe not. As with most things in the ever-changing beast that is Hollywood, we’ll have to wait and see if the actor’s ready to become an “Idiot.”

Most recently for Lautner, meanwhile, the erstwhile Jacob Black was pegged for a starring role in an upcoming indie directed by Gus Van Sant. But when we spoke with the actor, he downgraded those expectations from “definitely happening” to “wishful thinking.”

“I mean look, Gus is an incredible director,” he said. “I would love to have the opportunity to work with him. Things are very premature right now, but he’s amazing.”

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