It is hard to believe that the same actor who played the iconic role of Edward Cullen in the Twilight film franchise could also embody legendary figure of Frankenstein. But that is exactly what happened as Robert Pattinson was announced as the latest casting for the upcoming fifth installment, due for release on November 5, 2024.
The actor will play Frankenstein in the upcoming Warner Bros. film, The New Mutants. The story follows a group of characters who discover that they possess superhuman abilities after being infected with a virus. While the majority of the film will be set in New York City, it will also see Pattinson’s character traveling to other locations around the world. The New Mutants will be released on April 12, 2026.
The role of the infamous doctor, Victor Frankenstein, was first offered to Christopher Lee, who turned it down. After Lee’s turn-down, the role was recast with a younger actor. Finally, when it came time for Edward Kitsch to play the part, it was decided that he would not resemble anything from the book. Instead, the filmmakers decided to go with a more humorous and charming variant of the character.
So who is Robert Pattinson Frankenstein? Here is a detailed bio of the actor:
Robert Pattinson was born on November 3, 1984, in London. He is the only child of film producer Sandy, who was also his manager, and actress Kate, who appeared in the 2005 film Gosford Park as well as in the 2013 film The Rum Diary. His parents are both of English descent; his paternal grandfather was the director Michael Powell, and his maternal grandmother was the actress Anna Kashfi. His maternal uncle is the designer Andre Leon Talley, and his cousin is the actor/director Billy Ray. Because his parents were both busy professionals, Pattinson was raised by nannies and household staff in a large metropolitan home.
Pattinson attended a prestigious private school in London, where he developed an interest in acting. He went on to study law at University College London – where he was also a member of the London legal society – before transferring to the University of Westminster. While at University College London, he was a part of the legal society as well as the film society. He graduated in 2007 with a Bachelor of Laws degree.
Pattinson later traveled to New York City, where he attended the prestigious Columbia University, earning a Master of International Affairs degree in 2011.
Pattinson began his career in 2009 with a role in the short film Daybreakers, followed by supporting roles in the crime caper The Debt Collector and the romantic comedy The Rocket Scientist. In 2012, he starred in the critically acclaimed independent film Something Better, which earned him critical acclaim and a number of accolades, including a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actor. In 2016, he appeared in the horror film Priest as a vampire, earning critical praise for his performance. In 2019, Pattinson starred in the biographical film Victoria and Abdul, based on the duo’s incredible friendship and the uniting of two empires through that friendship. Victoria and Abdul will be released in theaters on December 25, 2019.
Pattinson has been in a long-term relationship with his girlfriend, FKA Twigs, since 2016. The couple met while filming the HBO series, Divorce, and got engaged within the same year. In June 2022, they were married in a private ceremony in Venice, Italy.
Pattinson is an intense sports fan and a committed Harry Potter fan. His personal collection of costumes and props includes a J.K. Rowling “wizard’s robes” made of shark skin and ostrich feathers, and a full-length golden gown used for the Harry Potter movies.
As mentioned, the Twilight franchise is responsible for bringing the world together as it now knows and loves Robert Pattinson. His first major break was in 2008, when he was cast in the romantic comedy The Road To Performing Arts. The following year, he starred in the supernatural thriller The Fades, which was based on the popular urban legend of the same name. In 2010, he again teamed up with director James Watkins for the thriller Unthinkable, starring opposite Emily Blunt and Bill Walton. That same year, he also starred in the film adaptation of the popular stage play The Crucible, based on the story of Salem’s witch trials. In 2011, he made his directorial debut with the acclaimed short film Two Moon Junction, which he also co-wrote and co-produced. In 2014, Pattinson starred in the action-thriller The Divergent Series: Insurgent, based on the first book in the series.
The actor’s recent projects also include the drama M.I.M. (Mystery Island Massacre), the comedy The Souvenir, and the crime thriller The Nightingale, for which he was nominated for a Golden Globes Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role. In 2020, he will star in the romantic comedy Never Been Kissed, based on the popular novel by Cassandra Clare. He is also one of the producers of the independent drama film Those Who Wish Me Well, which will be released in April 2021.
Pattinson has been making countless appearances throughout his career, portraying a variety of characters in some of the highest-profile films and series. It is safe to say that he is considered one of the most versatile and talented actors of his generation. In addition to acting, he is also a bestselling author and an accomplished DJ. He has also been a judge for the Brit Awards and an ambassador for the United Nations World Health Organization. He was a member of the jury at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, where he gave an impassioned speech after the award for Best Film was announced. He currently resides in London with his wife and children.