With so many films coming out each year, it’s hard to keep track of what’s current and what’s not. One of the most recognizable faces in Hollywood today, Robert Pattinson, has a film release lined up for 2022, but what is he currently working on? We take a look at some of his upcoming projects and what they mean for the star’s future in Hollywood.
The King – As Told by Ginsburg
One of the most anticipated films of 2022 is The King, the epic biopic about the life of John H. Gordon, the man who, in 1921, took the throne of Great Britain as the first independent leader in over 100 years. Casting has now been completed with two of Hollywood’s biggest stars joining the project: Daniel Craig (Diehard) and Robert Pattinson (Dangerous Game) will play the lead roles while Naomi Watts (The Ledge) and Jason Flemygale (Uma Thurman’s Wild Game) will also appear in pivotal supporting roles.
It’s been over a year since Pattinson wrapped filming on Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, and while audiences have been anxiously awaiting the actor’s next big screen appearance, he’s been hard at work filming The King, the long-awaited sequel to his critically acclaimed 2019 film, Quarantine. Based on the bestselling biography The King: John H. Gordon, A Man Divided (1920), the film will cover Gordon’s struggle to create an independent Scotland during one of the most tumultuous periods in British history. As the film’s producer Eric Fellner told Reuters, The King will explore “what makes a man, a leader, a hero and a king. It’s about fighting for what you believe in, even if it means risking life and limb.”
Director Joe Carnahan, who helmed Netflix’s The [Title]: Mudbound, described filming The King as “one of the most extraordinary experiences I’ve had in my entire life,” adding that he was “blown away” by how much Daniel Craig and Robert Pattinson “relinquished” for the role. Carnahan also expressed a desire to “continue exploring” Scotland, making The King the first of what could be many collaborations between the two.
Alongside The King, Daniel Craig’s next project is Dark Waters, the eagerly awaited adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning The New York Times bestseller, Dark Waters: The Epic Exploration of the 1912 Titanic Storm. Based on the real-life tale of the titanic struggle between the passengers and crew of the Titanic as they scrambled to create lifesaving devices such as rafts and life vests in the face of extreme danger, Dark Waters will explore the fateful events that led up to the sinking of the legendary ship. The film will also feature the return of cinematographer Fabian Wagner (Aquaman, Child’s Pose, Mortal Engines) and production designer Mick Delaney (Dumb and Dumber to The Grand Tour), as well as newcomers including Academy Award-winner Rachel Weisz (The Destroyer) and Golden Globe nominee Ed Skrein (Nashville).
Dark Waters is one of the most highly anticipated films of 2022, and for good reason. Beyond the fact that it’s an adaptation of a Bestseller, the film boasts an all-star cast and is directed by one of Hollywood’s hottest first-time filmmakers, John Luessenhop (The Haunting of Hill House). If that wasn’t enough, Dark Waters also has one of the most intriguing stories in recent history—and one of the most polarizing figures in history, Henry John Temple, Lord Palmerston, Britain’s fifth prime minister, is one of its major characters. A notorious gambler and politician most known for his controversial foreign policy, Lord Palmerston is credited with helping to create the modern world as we know it. He’s also the subject of an opera by George Mallory and the inspiration for the character of John Galsworthy, the protagonist of John Galsworthy’s The Forsyte Chronicles (1906). It’s safe to say that there’s a reason why so many people are eager to see how John Luessenhop unfolds this extraordinary life story.
The Lady In Gold
Another highly anticipated film that will be released in the next few months is The Lady in Gold, Downton Abbey’s Lady Mary’s (McCarthy) journey to Hollywood during the 1920s. Starring Academy Award winners Cynthia Nixon and Mark Rylance as well as Grammy winner Candice Robin, the film is based on Robin’s historical novel, The Real Lady In Gold, and follows the classic hero’s journey as Mary struggles to reconcile her desire for independence with her need to serve and please others. The story will be told from both a British and an American perspective and is aimed at a wide audience, featuring an ensemble cast and tackling complicated political and social issues.
Natalie Portman (Wolf Hall) and Rosemarie DeWitt (The Gucci Collection) have been cast in key supporting roles, while Anthony Head, O. C. Mindy, and Emilia Clarke will also appear in pivotal roles. The Lady in Gold will be released in theaters across the country on February 26, 2022.
Finally, we come to The Shining, a biopic about the life of noted author, Jack Kerouac, whose tumultuous relationship with the American woman, Diane, forms the foundation of his novel, The Road. With a script by the Wachowskis (The Matrix films) and starring a brilliant ensemble cast, the film promises to explore the darker side of Kerouac’s life, which is reflected in his writing. While it’s unclear precisely what to expect from this highly anticipated cinematic evocation of one of the 20th century’s most influential and polarizing authors, it’s clear that The Shining will continue the renaissance of historical dramas and biopics that began with The King in 2021.
As for which of these films will be released first, it’s hard to say. With multiple projects in various stages of production, it’s safe to assume that one of them will be released soon. Keep checking back with us as we update this list as more projects are announced, but for now, let’s take a look back at what movie is Robert Pattinson currently shooting.