Some intriguing casting news for those following the development of award-winning director David Cronenberg's upcoming adaptation of Don DeLillo's novella Cosmopolis: In addition to the confirmation of Paul Giamatti and Mathieu Almaric, French actress Juliette Binoche has been cast opposite star Robert Pattinson. Pattinson plays a young billionaire who, in the course of traveling across Manhattan in his limo to get a haircut, loses his fortune, cheats on his wife, and is stalked by two mysterious and threatening figures (one of whom will be played by Giamatti).
While it's not yet clear what part Binoche will be playing, it is possibly the role of the protagonist's wife -- though this would have made more sense with the originally rumored casting of Colin Farrell and Marion Cotillard still in place. With 24-year-old Pattinson and 46-year-old Binoche, that pairing seems less likely.
In any case, it's exciting that Cronenberg has managed to shore up his cast with some terrific supporting actors ahead of his planned May shoot. Although Pattinson's acting chops have yet to be confirmed, DeLillo's Cosmopolis has plenty of potential to be an explosive story on film, and Cronenberg is as capable as any director to succeed with the source material. And if Pattinson can prove himself with a director as talented as Cronenberg, Cosmopolis may well be the film that elevates his status in Hollywood from Twilight eye candy to respected actor.