Robert Pattinson will lead Claire Denis’ untitled upcoming Sci-Fi film

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According to L’express, Robert Pattinson is attached to star in Claire Denis’ upcoming English-language sci-fi film, written with British writer Zadie Smith.

The script was written by White Teeth author Zadie Smith and her husband Nick Laird.  Although plot details of the film conceived by Denis and regular writing partner Jean-Pol Fargeau aren’t being disclosed as of yet, we do know that it will “take place beyond the solar system in a future time that nevertheless feels like the present.” Pattinson is attached to play the lead role, a futuristic astronaut. Little White Lies publication on Robert Pattinson’s casting: “One of the world’s greatest directors has cast the young British actor in her new sci-fi film.”

A truly eclectic group of individuals are collaborating on the design and development of the new film; including artist Olafur Eliasson, astrophysicist Aurélien Barrau, a specialist in black holes and cosmology, and musician Stuart Staples, who wrote tracks for White Material and another Denis project, The Intruder.

Filming should commence later this year or early 2016 in Cologne, Germany. Pattinson will next be seen in Anton Corbijn’s Life, the story of the friendship between photojournalist Dennis Stock and actor James Dean, due out here on September 25. He’s also worked on Werner Herzog’s Queen Of The Desert, Brady Corbet’s The Childhood Of A Leader and is now shooting The Lost City Of Z with director James Gray.

Not only has Robert Pattinson’s representatives confirmed the casting, but Paris-based producers Alcatraz Film did so as well with the following statement to ScreenDaily:

“We are very proud and very happy, as is Claire, about what will be a great collaboration. Robert is committed to the project and we are committed to him.”