While we are still reeling from the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic, the movie industry has experienced a great bounce back, and many people have now become passionate about cinema again.
This year has seen many significant Hollywood movies hit the big-screen, from King Arthur to Ready Player One, and The Wizard of Oz to Mary Poppins. Audiences have also been exposed to many unforgettable characters and stories through these blockbuster films. Perhaps most notably, blockbusters have led the way in regards to the pandemic’s unprecedented effect on the cinema industry, temporarily suspending moviegoing and leading to the creation of many exciting new business models in 2021.
With the movie industry undergoing a complete overhaul, questions are now being asked about what this all means for the future of cinema. Will audiences return to the big screen in the same numbers as before the pandemic? Will traditional moviegoing habits return? How will the industry continue to evolve?
To answer these questions, let’s take a look at six upcoming movies by Robert Pattinson that will shed light on the future of cinema in 2023.
After a five-year break from acting following his marriage to Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson is back, and he is poised to return with a vengeance. Midnight Sun is the first major motion picture that Pattinson will be appearing in since the release of the critically acclaimed Twilight series, which concluded in 2012 with the massively successful Breaking Dawn. Midnight Sun, which is already garnering positive reviews from critics, will be released in U.S theaters on March 19, 2023, and it will also be available on demand at the same time.
While many fans will be happy to see Pattinson back on the big screen, the actor himself acknowledges that he had to overcome a bit of a hurdle to get back into acting mode. The Twilight franchise, especially Breaking Dawn, was instrumental in helping him find his way again. In an interview with Vanity Fair, Pattinson shared that he turned down several roles prior to landing the part of Blackguard Moray in Midnight Sun, because he was worried that he would be typecast. The part eventually turned out to be one of the most important scenes in the entire movie, as it was here that Moray — the film’s protagonist — finally finds the strength to stand up for himself and, in turn, change the course of history.
What’s the biggest challenge that you face as an actor in the 21st century? While many filmmakers will opt to answer this question with regards to their movie, let’s examine the question from a different perspective. What’s the most challenging thing that you personally go through as an actor?
For many, the answer will be related to finding the right project and working with directors and other creative professionals who share the same vision as you. For Robert Pattinson, however, the answer is a little more complex. If we go back to 2012, we’ll discover that the actor spent three years grappling with the decision of whether or not to return to acting following his marriage to Kristen Stewart. In the end, it was Jennifer Lawrence who convinced him to give it another go-around, and more recently, he has been working steadily. What we’ll soon discover is that though he may have faced a struggle, the world is now at his fingertips, and he is poised to make the most of this opportunity.
Eclipse, directed by Tarik Azzopardi and due for release on June 5, 2023, will be Pattinson’s third solo offering since the Twilight franchise wrapped up in 2012. The movie is described as a coming-of-age story that follows the trials and tribulations of a young man who is determined to find himself as he struggles to reconcile his contemporary American life with the traditions of his aristocratic Turkish family. In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Pattinson revealed that the movie is heavily focused on his character’s struggle to find himself in the face of external opposition. This coming-of-age story is reminiscent of several great films, including John Huston’s The Maltese Falcon (1941) and Alexander Payne’s Nebraska (2013).
Pattinson will be reunited with the actor who gave birth to his children, Dakota Moon, 20, and Bronson, 18, as well as his Twilight co-star, Taylor Lautner, in Eclipse. The ensemble film also includes the original director of The Twilight Saga, Stephenie Meyer, and her daughter, Vivienne, who will be portraying the author’s characters, while Kyle MacLachlan, the voice of the titular character in the animated series, The Twilight Zone, will appear in a supporting role.
In late July, Warner Bros. will bring audiences the conclusion of the Harry Potter series with a grand finale that will see Daniel Radcliffe return to the big screen for one last hurrah. The movie, entitled Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, will see Harry Potter (Radcliffe) and co-stars Emma Watson and Helena Bonham Carter return to Hogwarts, where the battle for supremacy between good and evil rages on. The Deathly Hallows – Part 2 is directed by David Yates and written by JohnHarrigan and Jane Goldman. Production on the movie began in February 2023, with filming taking place at several prominent London locations, including King’s Cross Station and Piccadilly Circus.
Ursula is the first English-language film directed by Bong Joon-ho, and it follows the story of a sea creature determined to exact revenge on the humans who killed her family. The tragedy-turned-comedy film is set in a small town in the Scottish Highlands, where the creatures are known as “seals” and the townspeople are known for their superstitions and prejudices. Ursula, a walrus-like animal who suffers from agoraphobia, hides away in her cave, tormented by the trauma of her past and looking for someone to help her exact revenge. Joon-ho, who also directed the movie, adapted the story from a short story by Japanese author Yukito Hayashi. The English-speaking world will see Ursula on the big screen on March 25, 2023.
In The Laundromat, due for release in the U.S. on May 1, 2023, Hugh Grant portrays an older version of himself, as he walks through a series of unfortunate events that eventually lead to his character being arrested, tried, and sentenced to a long stint in prison. While in prison, Grant’s character befriends another man, who informs him of a plan to escape. After years of planning, the pair finally manage to execute their ingenious and dangerous scheme, resulting in one of the most memorable heists in film history. The heist itself is exciting and well-executed, but what’s even more interesting is the character study that comes with it. We see a different side of Hugh Grant here, as he shows us the vulnerable and human side of the iconic Englishman. The Laundromat is directed by Stephen Frears and written by Richard Wenstroff.
These are just six of the many upcoming movies by Robert Pattinson that will shed light on the future of cinema in 2023. The list is not even close to being exhaustive, as we have purposely omitted mentioning many gems from the past, including some of the actor’s most memorable roles. What we can say for sure is that if you are a fan of Robert Pattinson, then it’s time to celebrate, because he is finally going to be seen on the big screen again, and it’s going to be exciting to see what roles he tackles next.