After wrapping up filming on the highly anticipated comedy It’s Complicated, Tom Hardy’s next movie will be the sci-fi action movie First Man, which hits theaters on May 24, 2018. And while he can’t wait to share the experience with his fans in London, England, where the film is set, it’s been a different story for Robert Pattinson since he read the script for the first time.

The Twilight star was moved to tears by the story of Neil Armstrong’s first steps on the moon. Inspired by that, he decided to take on the role of Chris Pine’s (Captain Kirk), mentor in the movie. What’s more is that the 51-year-old actor will also be producing the movie, alongside his partner in crime Karen Gillan (Sister Mary Robert Pattinson).

Pattinson is arguably one of the most in-demand actors in Hollywood. With over 140 movies to his name, ranging from teen flicks like The Twilight Saga to big-budget blockbusters like Batman Begins, he’s proven himself to be a bankable asset with award-winning performances and critical acclaim all across the board.

So is he finally ready to call it quits on the Hollywood glitz and enjoy the freedom of being a full-time artist?

Pattinson’s publicist, Lisa Robinson, tells HollywoodLife that the actor is actually looking forward to the prospect of working less. “They’re not forcing him,” she says of the movie’s directors. “He wants to be doing what they want, and they want him to be producing as well. So, he’s really excited about that.”

While he may not be ready to give up Hollywood just yet, the four-time Academy Award nominee is definitely looking for a change. “I’d like to do a lot more producing and directing,” he tells HollywoodLife of his future plans. “I’d like to be working with the best people I can and seeing new things, rather than just acting in whatever comes up. I feel like I’ve been pigeonholed a little bit as an actor. But, hopefully, I can take this opportunity to show people what I’m truly capable of.”

So it seems like it’s the perfect storm; three of Hollywood’s most dynamic and in-demand leading men set to collide on the big screen. Could this be the beginning of the end for Hollywood’s bachelor pad? (Sorry, Batman.) We think so, and here’s why. With so much creative talent on display, it’s a guaranteed recipe for cinematic gold.

First Man Review

First Man, which is currently in theaters, is the true story of astronaut Neil Armstrong (Ryan Gosling), who, with the help of his friends and family, is trying to become the first man to set foot on the moon. While Armstrong makes for a solid lead, the movie really comes together as a whole when you consider its dynamic supporting cast. Gosling’s performance as Armstrong is phenomenal, and the movie wouldn’t be complete without some sort of crazy, criminal twist at the end. This movie gets an A, as far as we’re concerned.

Awards And Recognition

While we can’t speak for certain just yet, it’s pretty clear that First Man will earn Robert Pattinson a ton of Oscar nominations as well as a Golden Globe. In fact, he’s probably already won some international awards for his performance, thanks to his fluent Italian accent, which he learned for the movie.

And it’s not just the accent either; Pattinson’s portrayal of Armstrong is incredibly layered and nuanced, bringing a personal dimension to the iconic figure. One of the main reasons why he’s been able to sustain such a successful career for so long is because of his incredible dedication to his craft, along with his willingness to push himself beyond his comfort zone. We’d like to think that Armstrong would be proud to see his former student rise to such great success in his field.

A Beautiful Mind

Sometimes, the best predictor of future success is past performance. Burt Reynolds’ character, Smokey, advises this to Natalie Wood’s Judy in the 1978 classic, The Cotton Club, and she replies, “Past performance is the best predictor of future success.”

This is certainly the case with Robert Pattinson. Besides being one of Hollywood’s most in-demand leading men, the actor has also proven himself to be a brilliant producer and director. His films, Cosmopolis and The Lost City, were both nominated for Academy Awards, and he often works with some of the best screenwriters and composers in the business. If he wants to continue making movies, then he’s sure to succeed.

The Last Dance

While we’d all like to see Robert Pattinson retire from acting and focus on producing and directing, it doesn’t seem like the star is quite there yet. In fact, as amazing as he was in The Last Dance, it’s safe to assume that he’ll never be able to replicate his performance given its limited screen time. Still, it’s an indication of his talent that even after such a short appearance, audiences were still emotionally attached to his character and wanted more. This is the type of performance that can only come from someone who knows their craft inside and out, and who is unfazed by the camera being on them all the time.

Personal Demons

We’ll admit it; we’re a bit star-struck when it comes to Robert Pattinson. Not only do we think he’s one of the most attractive men to ever grace the big screen, but he’s also managed to keep a low-profile despite his high profile. This makes him even more mysterious and enticing. It would be cool to see what’s behind all that calm and collected exterior. Is he really as collected and calm as he seems? We’d like to think so. Or is he just that good an actor?

The truth is that we’ll probably never know what’s going on behind the scenes of any of Robert Pattinson’s movies. But that’s the beauty of it. No matter what’s happening, no matter how stressful the situation is, he always has a way of seeming serene and collected, in large part, thanks to his incredible work ethic. We can only hope that this level of dedication stays with him forever, and that he continues to defy the Hollywood hype train.