Last year, Robert Pattinson stunned us with a sexy swimsuit picture in the most recent issue of Vanity Fair. Since then, we’ve been waiting patiently for the “Dark Knight” star to make us an actuality of his steamy summer romance. Today, the wait is over. After a year’s hiatus, Pattinson is back with a vengeance in the form of his new movie, “Mermaid.” Set in Scotland, the film focuses on the complicated – and sometimes dangerous – world of love and politics, as seen through the eyes of a young feminist (played by Olivia Coleman). We’re always happy to see our favorite British actor back on the big screen, and today we have a pretty great reason to celebrate.

New Movie, Same Old Story

While we’re always excited about fresh new developments in the world of film, we all know the story behind the scenes of “Mermaid.” Pattinson’s previous movie, “The Rover,” is a dark family drama set in the near future. In this latest installment, he plays an ambitious young politician who becomes immersed in high-stakes political wrangling and an illicit affair that threatens his career, family, and future. The trailer for “Mermaid” didn’t offer up anything new in terms of plot, but it did feature some tantalizing titillation.

There are also a few hints about the nature of Pattinson’s character. Most notably, he sports a full head of hair in the film – something that’s not been seen on-screen since the ’70s (when he was a kid). It’s also worth keeping in mind that this is the first time in a while that Pattinson has been allowed to shed his teen stardom and step into an adult capacity. The character of Peter, the ambitious politician’s son, appears to be the actor’s attempt at exploring new territory.

The Making Of “Mermaid” Trailer

Pattinson’s return to the big screen is a moment of pure cinematic joy. Not only has he returned with a bang, but also with a beautiful, haunting song from Bastille. The soundtrack for the movie also features tracks from the likes of The xx, The 1975, and Future.

Filming for “Mermaid” wrapped last month, so it’s safe to assume that the movie will be released in the near future.

What remains to be seen is whether or not this will be the final chapter in the Robert Pattinson book. To quote the legendary Steve McQueen, “I don’t believe in sad endings. I believe in happy endings.”