In February 2021, just weeks after starring in the much-acclaimed “The Loved Ones,” Robert Pattinson graced the big screen one more time. “The Rover” is the story of a disillusioned man trying to earn a living in a world filled with opportunistic, self-serving lizards. The 46-year-old English hunk plays Will Travers, a wilderness survival expert who travels to the middle of Africa to help track down a missing expedition. In the process, he becomes tangled up in a web of deception and corruption involving diamond dealers and rebel leaders. Directed by Nick Valenzuela, the film also stars Christian Taylor, Kate Hodge, and Charlie Hunnam. Set in the backdrop of the illegal mining trade, the movie is very much in the vein of “Lord of the Rings,” with a dash of “Pulp Fiction” for good measure.
In September 2021, several months after his last movie role, Robert Pattinson stepped back into the spotlight with a leading role in “Honeymoon,” a comedy-drama directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa. In the film, he plays Oliver, a down-on-his-luck advertising executive who is forced to take a much-needed vacation after his company goes bankrupt. The 47-year-old English hunk spends the majority of the movie trying to keep his spirits up while on holiday with his wife, played by actress Kristen Stewart. The couple, who married in 2013, is seen drinking and dancing at various glamorous parties as they try to make their way through a loveless, monotonous existence. It’s a far cry from his glitzy and glamorous days and a welcome change of pace for the actor, who has largely stayed away from movie theaters since making his debut in 2005’s “Twilight.”
What about those who love him for his acting and not his looks? The actor is happy to oblige. In November 2021, he returned to the big screen in the romantic comedy “Private Life,” portraying an introverted man who is dragged into the real world and forced to interact with people he doesn’t want to encounter. The movie, co-starring Taika Waititi and Julianne Moore, is about a shut-in novelist (Waititi) who is plagued by a bad case of shyness and avoids society. When he reluctantly agrees to go on a date, much to the dismay of his friends (Moore), he is thrust into a series of awkward situations, ranging from house parties to romantic encounters, that he had never known existed. Filled with quirky characters and hilarious one-liners, the movie is clearly inspired by the writer/director’s own life. In an interview with The New York Times, Waititi joked about the movie, “There’s a scene where he goes to a party and there’s a hot chick in a dress I’ve never seen before, and I want to fuck her. It’s a lustful thought, but also I don’t want to hurt her. So there’s that bit.”
The Lost Wife
Just last month, we got an early look at the thriller “The Lost Wife,” the first of three planned movies in which Robert Pattinson will star. The movie tells the story of Harry (Pattison), a man who is finally ready to move past his grief and open up his heart to embrace love again. Played by the actor, the role of Harry was created with the specific purpose of allowing him to show a more mature side, having largely resisted the temptation for years. “The Lost Wife” marks the English hunk’s second collaboration with director Oren Moverman, who he worked with on the acclaimed “The Messenger.” Like that movie, “The Lost Wife” also deals with the subject of depression, though in a more comedic vein. Set in contemporary Israel, the movie follows an unemployed young man who is desperate for a job as he tries to save his marriage to a woman he loves. The movie marks the English hunk’s third collaboration with screenwriter John Rogers, also of “The Messenger” fame. Shooting on location in Israel, the movie is slated for release in spring 2022.
The Last Love Song
In the final act of love, what is said and done onscreen ultimately matters just as much as the things that are depicted. In August 2022, the English hunk will portray a jazz pianist in the coming-of-age drama “The Last Love Song.” Based on the bestselling novel by Claudia Lamb, the movie is set in Manchester in the 1950s and follows Joe, a young man who desperately wants to be a jazz musician but is too afraid to express his true feelings to the object of his affection. It is the start of a romantic journey that will transform his life and that of those around him, particularly Sophie, the woman he will later marry. In the same month, he will also reportedly star in the biopic “Benjamin Button – The Making of a Man,” based on the novel “Benjamin Button” by F. Scott Fitzgerald.
With more than 50 credits to his name, it’s evident that Robert Pattinson has established himself as one of the leading male stars of his generation. Over the years, he has shown a unique ability to captivate audiences with his charm and charisma, not to mention his good looks. In addition to acting, he has also dabbled in music and design, showing an innate knack for creating unusual artwork that often serves as the inspiration for his costumes and sets. In coming months, we will see more movies, TV shows, and music releases featuring the English hunk, whose fans are unlikely to forget him soon.