With only one Twilight film left, reluctant vampire Robert Pattinson is continuing his attempt to prove himself as a bankable star outside of the franchise, after the lackluster performances of Remember Me and Water for Elephants. His latest movie, the Guy de Maupassant adaptation Bel Ami, won’t be the movie to do it, but it has been picked up by Magnolia Pictures and is now scheduled for a June 8 American release. The period piece, which also stars Christina Ricci, Uma Thurman, and Kristin Scott Thomas, first premiered last month at the Berlin Film Festival, where initial reviews were less-than-enthusiastic.
Pattinson plays George Duroy, a social-climbing journalist who beds a number of powerful older women in 19th-century Paris as a means to improving his status. Early trailers heavily emphasize the movie’s bedroom scenes, which may prove a draw for Pattinson’s many older Twilight fans. The film is the feature debut of noted theater director Declan Donnellan and was executive produced by American Idol‘s Simon Fuller.
The announcement comes after the release over the weekend of the first trailer for the coming adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s On the Road, which features Kristen Stewart among an all-star cast including Sam Riley, Garrett Hedlund, Kirsten Dunst, and Viggo Mortensen. Like Pattinson and fellow Twilight star Taylor Lautner, Stewart has had trouble convincing the series’ rabid fans to follow her to her other work, but that should change with this summer’s much-anticipated Snow White and the Huntsman.