The Twilight Saga is one of the biggest movie franchises of all time, responsible for spawning a legion of dedicated fans known as “Twi-Hard.” While the films remain popular fare for teenage girls, the franchise has also inspired a surprising array of male fans, including adult film star and director Rob Pattinson.

Now that The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 is officially in theaters, fans can continue the journey with Pattinson’s directorial debut, a live-action adaptation of Ubisoft’s French thriller Playground.

The film stars Pattinson as Mathieu, a photojournalist who befriends an enigmatic young woman named Estelle (Olga Kurylenko) while investigating a series of mysterious murders in Paris.

Here, we’ll explore the surprising appeal of Robert Pattinson and the importance of adapting high-quality films for online streaming.

Why Robert Pattinson?

While many talented men have laid claim to the “next Twilight” crown, only one can truly say he’s the grandson of a vampire. Robert Pattinson was born in London on April 22, 1986, to parents Rebecca and Andrew. His father is Scottish, and his mother is English, which gives him an eclectic mix of genes.

He started acting in film and television at a young age, appearing in BBC productions and acclaimed miniseries like The Lost Prince and Vanity Fair. In fact, his screen debut was in a 2005 episode of the British TV series Spaced, where he played the son of Mark Darcy, the character portrayed by Ricky Gervais. In 2007, he provided the voice of the Roman emperor Caligula in the Disney animated series Caligula. That same year, he made his feature-length film debut in Mark Romanek’s vampire-related film, The Forsaken.

Over the next few years, he would go on to star in films like The Great Gatsby, the Divergent series, the upcoming Dark Phoenix, and the animated film Trolls.

In addition to acting, he also has a background in photography, having taken a class in it at Central Saint Martins in London, and he has even published a photo book, Good For You, in 2011. That same year, he also directed a music video for the band Chvrches.

So, it’s clear that Robert Pattinson has talent in abundance, as evidenced by the massive success of The Twilight Saga. It’s also clear that he has a very specific niche in the film industry, appealing to fans of the vampire genre and offering a unique perspective on the subject matter thanks to his father’s family connections.

Is Playground an Important Adaptation?

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 is the second installment of Bill Condon’s five-film adaptation of the massively popular series. Condon has previously directed Godsend and The Caiman Code, and he brings his unique cinematic eye to bear on this latest adaptation of Alice White’s popular novel. While there are some minor changes to the source material, mostly in the adaptation of the first book in the series, this is very much a Condon movie. If you enjoyed his work on 2017’s Beauty and the Beast, you’ll likely enjoy his take on the world of Twilight.

The live-action adaptation of Playground is visually stunning, utilizing sumptuous production design, lavish costumes, and some very cool camera tricks. It was produced with a reported budget of $22 million and boasts an incredible roster of international A-list stars.

The film is a co-production with France, and it was shot by the ace cinematographer Fabrice Frankel, who previously worked with Condon on both The Caiman Code and Beauty and the Beast. The music is by John Williams, and it’s beautifully orchestrated, adding to the overall cinematic beauty of the film. The score has been compared to the work of Hans Zimmer, and it’s one of the many highlights of the film.

While the budget for Playground was huge, it was also very, very necessary. The novel on which it is based was self-published in 2007 and became a global bestseller the following year. As a result, it sold tens of thousands of copies overseas and in the UK, where it was released in paperback in 2009. However, it remained relatively unknown in North America, where it was first published in hardback in 2011. That meant production budgets for the overseas market were considerably less, so it made financial sense for the studio to spend a little less on America.

Netflix and Streaming Choices

Thanks to the efforts of the studios, media companies, and Netflix, it is now much easier for fans to watch their favorite films whenever and wherever they please. Thanks to the efforts of dedicated studios like Netflix and Marvel, comic fans can now indulge their love for all things Norse with the addition of the spectacularly awesome Run Netflix Run, while Star Wars fans can enjoy a bevy of movies and original series in the service’s expansive repertoire.

It wasn’t always this way, as back in the day, fans had to search far and wide for the films and TV shows they wanted to watch. Thankfully, the industry has changed, and we’re now treated to a stream of amazing content whenever we want it. To make use of this abundance of films and shows, Netflix famously released their own cinematic logo, consisting of a circle with a slash through it, which they’ve since used as their logo ever since. It’s hard to overstate the significance of this simple yet revolutionary design choice.

What’s Next For Pattinson?

Rob Pattinson’s next project is the big-budget fantasy film Dark Phoenix. It marks the actor’s directorial debut and the third collaboration with screenwriter James Mangold. It also reunites him with longtime collaborator Michael Dougherty, who he worked with on the 2016 sports drama film Concussion. That film was a critical and commercial success and was followed by the 2018 action movie Secret Detective, which also starred Mangold. In Dark Phoenix, Pattinson will once again play a character named Mathieu, a reporter who gets caught up in a conflict between immortals and otherworldly creatures that roam the earth in search of human blood.

In addition to acting, he also has a background in photography, having taken a class in it at Central Saint Martins in London, and he has even published a photo book, Good For You, in 2011. That same year, he also directed a music video for the band Chvrches.

With his unique blend of charm and good looks, as well as his talent in front of and behind the camera, it’s clear that Rob Pattinson is destined for great things. And, as long as the world of Twilight continues to exist, so too shall we continue to enjoy watching him lead an amazing life.