It’s been four years since Robert Pattinson graced the big screen with the critically acclaimed films Belle and Twilight, and the countdown to his next movie has finally come to an end. After much anticipation, the heart-throb actor is set to premiere his eagerly awaited new film, The Order of Phoenix, at the London Film Festival on October 5, 2018.
The festival will host a special advance screening of the film, with an accompanying Q&A session with the cast and crew. The premiere will then be shown at selected cinemas across the UK on October 10, followed by a national release on October 12.
For those who can’t make it to London for the premiere, there will be a series of showings across the country, including Leeds, Manchester, and Glasgow. With the new year already started, now is the perfect time to reflect on Pattinson’s incredible journey so far and what his future holds.
Pattinson’s transition from pop idol to bonafide movie star was almost entirely seamless. The former Victoria’s Secretangel began acting professionally at the age of 23 and went on to star in the films Water for Elephants and The Rover, both of which were critically acclaimed and netted him his first Academy Award nomination. He followed this up with Belle, for which he received his first Golden Globe nomination, and then Twilight, the box office sensation that made him a global star and launched his acting career into a new stratosphere.
The films were an instant success, raking in millions of dollars at the box office and cementing him as one of Hollywood’s brightest rising stars. He then went on to star in the hugely popular How to Talk to Girls and Death on the Nile, which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival and then went on to be screened at prestigious film festivals around the world. It wasn’t long before he was set to star in his own Lord of the Rings-esque blockbuster, Equity, based on the popular trading card game of the same name.
While filming Equity in the UK last summer, Pattinson fell ill with glandular fever, an illness that’s plagued him for years and forced him to postpone the production. The actor wasn’t diagnosed with the disease until six weeks into the shoot, leading to more than 15 days of filming being rescheduled. The illness also kept him away from work for several weeks last year and forced him to take a break from promoting his upcoming film.
Pattinson’s fans were anxiously waiting to see him back on screen as the 24 year old has been dogged by bad health issues for most of his life. The actor has previously spoken openly about his struggles with anorexia and depression, which he attributes to his heredity. His mother has her own history of mental illness, while his father, whom he calls “my best friend,” has experienced alcohol addiction.
Pattinson has been open about the disease’s impact on his life, acknowledging that it’s taken its toll. “Mental health awareness is something I’m interested in, and I think it’s an issue that people don’t talk about as much as they should,” he told Esquire last year. “It’s something that I struggle with personally, because I have anxiety and depression, and I think that comes from my dad. My mom is also very loving, and I don’t want to put her through a lot of stress. So, I think if I can help anyone, it would be myself and anyone else who struggles as well.”
Many are praising Pattinson for his honesty, saying that it’s refreshing to see a star speak so openly about his health issues. Some have also gone so far as to state that he should be applauded for his bravery, given his past.
While we wait for Pattinson to make a full recovery, here’s a look back at some of his most memorable quotes:
“I’ve never been the kind of person who follows the crowd, and I think that comes from a place of confidence. I’ve always felt like no one can tell me what to do. I think that’s how you become strong.” – Pattinson on his acting career
“Is it OK to be so happy to be back in Africa? I love this place! I feel like a kid in a candy store.” – Pattinson before heading to the set of Djibouti, his next film set in Africa
“Sometimes you just have to go with the flow and see where it leads you.” – Pattinson before heading to the set of The Rover
“I think the hardest part about making a film is to keep your head in the clouds and not let any sort of negativity pull you down.” – Pattinson on the pressures of becoming a movie star
“There’s always a way to make it work. Sometimes you just have to be willing to go with the flow and see where it leads you.” – Pattinson on his acting career
For those who have followed his career closely, it comes as no great surprise that Pattinson has risen to become one of Hollywood’s brightest stars, given his uncanny ability to portray romantic heroes who are also multi-talented individuals. The actor has previously starred in blockbusters and garnered acclaim for his portrayal of one of literature’s greatest literary characters, Albus Severus Snape, in the Harry Potter series. While some have criticized his work for being overly dramatic, admirers will point to his versatile and diverse skill set and note his aptitude for transcending genre.
Pattinson has also gained a reputation for being one of the industry’s top collaborators, working with some of Hollywood’s biggest names on major projects. He’ll soon be seen alongside Jude Law in Midnight Phantom, the latest addition to the Dark Universe, the actor’s signature series that unites popular fiction and magic. He’s also set to star in 2018’s Robin Hood, alongside Oscar winner Kevin Costner, and will next be seen in Christopher Nolan’s Tenet, alongside Daniel Craig and Leo DiCaprio.
Nolan, who directed Pattinson in The Dark Knight and is set to helm Tenet, has said that he’s “always admired” the actor’s work. “I think that he’s got a great capacity to show a very wide range of emotions, and he can play both comedic and dramatic scenes with equal ability. He’s a very versatile actor who’s clearly got a lot of talent,” he said. “I’m really looking forward to working with him.”
Pattinson’s highly anticipated return to the big screen comes at a time when many of Hollywood’s biggest names have opted not to make the journey to the small screen with the rise of the streaming services. The actor is one of the many high-profile faces set to star in George Nolfi’s upcoming big-budget fantasy TV series, The Last Kingdom, a lavish production that will premiere on Amazon Prime Video in the UK and Ireland in early 2019.
In the meantime, it’s time to catch up on the latest news and reviews regarding Pattinson’s career and see what the future has in store for this remarkable young actor.