Jessica Chastain, who between you and I is probably the most talented and versatile actress of her generation, might have been snubbed at the Oscars for her compelling role as Osama Bin Laden catcher, but Robert Pattinson is sure to avenge her.
Wait, what? It’s true, R-Pat will next play the role of contemporary hero/military genius in the psychological thriller “Mission: Blacklist”. The pic will center on the true story of Eric Maddox, the interrogator that collected the intelligence which directly led to the capture of Saddam Hussein back in 2003.
Okay, I’m going to stop right there and say out loud what everybody’s probably thinking by now. There’s no way in hell Pattinson can pull off such a complex, multifaceted part. Not unless this “Mission: Blacklist” is supposed to be a comedy. Or unless the producers are planning to tweak the story and make Saddam a blood-thirsty vampire… literally.
With that being said, it’s not like the film plans to be a new “Zero Dark Thirty” and hit it big both at the box-office and in terms of critical reception. Remember, the Bin Laden thriller not only had Chastain playing the role of her lifetime, but also Oscar winner Kathryn Bigelow in the director’s seat.
Meanwhile, “Mission: Blacklist” has nabbed Jesper Ganslandt as helmer. Ganslandt who, aside from having an impossible name, also has a very light resume, with only three low-profile Swedish feature films: “Falkenberg Farewell”, “The Ape” and “Blondie”.
On the bright side, one of the scribes hired to adapt Eric Maddox’s autobiographical book is Erik Jendresen (“Band of Brothers”). The guy’s good, but it’s not the story I have a problem with.