While we’re still reeling from the news that Robert Pattinson has split from long-term fiancée Vanessa Paradis, his upcoming film projects are already having an effect on the public psyche. With each new film, the question of which is the first grows more confusing. Here’s a quick guide to the chronology of the actor’s career thus far.

The Children Of London

The Children Of London stars Robbie as Michael Cain, a successful architect who abandons his family for the promise of a bachelor life. After leaving, he begins receiving threatening phone calls from men who claim to know him, demanding that he return to the UK and see his children once more. Robbie’s character is a widower, leaving him free to pursue a romantic tie with Charlotte, a beautiful young woman with whom he develops a close relationship. The couple eventually marry and have a child of their own, before the end of the first act; setting the stage for the rest of the film.

The most recent adaptation of the Agatha Christie classic to hit theaters starred Matt Smith as the famous detective Hercule Poirot. While there were several differences between the book and the film, most notably the addition of a few new characters, the basic plot remains the same. It was released in January 2017 and went on to become one of the highest-grossing films of the year, not only in the UK but also in North America and other countries where it was released.

The Rover

The Rover is the second studio album by English rock band Coldplay. Released on 15 February 2005, it was the group’s first album in five years and was preceded by 2002’s A Rush of Blood to the Head. Recording for The Rover began in earnest in early 2004 and was wrapped up by the end of that year. During this time, the band focused on songwriting and recording; with producer Rick Rubin (David Bowie, Janet Jackson, Kylie Minogue) helming the majority of the sessions. The album was originally scheduled for release in October 2004, but was brought forward to avoid competing with then-popular music festivals such as Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza.

The group’s fifth album, A Head Full of Dreams, released in 2011, continued the theme of exploration set down by its predecessor. Frontman Chris Martin has called it “a metaphor for finding yourself and not being trapped by society”. While the album was mostly recorded in Los Angeles, the band did return to their native England for the album’s release, which occurred on 16 March 2011 at the O2 Arena in London.

The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby is a 2013 American romantic comedy-drama film directed by Baz Luhrmann and co-written by Craig Pearce. It is a 3D reenactment of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 1925 novel of the same name, which in turn is a reimagining of the infamous Roaring Twenties. The film stars an ensemble cast that includes Carey Mulligan, Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, and Kate Winslet, among others. The Great Gatsby was released in theaters on 6 May 2013 and was a box office success, becoming the highest-grossing film of the year so far.

Fitzgerald’s novel is among the most popular of the 20th century, having sold over 11 million copies worldwide, with more than 60 million copies sold in the U.S. since its first publication in 1925. The author’s estate retained the American copyright to this work until 1966, at which point it was placed in the public domain. The film adheres very closely to the novel as written, using nearly all of its original story material, as well as some pieces from other novels by Fitzgerald, such as This Side of Paradise and The Beautiful and the Damned. Due to the fact that no U.S. copyright infringement lawsuits were filed against the filmmakers, they were able to retain the film’s copyright and distribute it freely worldwide. However, in 2019, the filmmakers filed a lawsuit against Amazon for copyright infringement regarding the film’s script.

The Last Stand

The Last Stand is a 2013 American western film directed by Nick Gomez and starring Vince Vaughn, Salli Richardson, and James Purefoy. It is based on the true story of the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake, which was one of the most devastating and destructive natural disasters in U.S. history. The final moments of that fateful night are recreated in this historical drama, as well as some of the survivors’ incredible adventures. One of the world’s greatest disasters, the earthquake destroyed more than 36,000 buildings, leaving 10,000 people dead and 70,000 wounded. The Last Stand is one of the more than 100 movies currently in the theaters and for free on digital platforms to watch while you’re keeping an eye on the COVID-19 pandemic.

Four Lions

Four Lions is a 2014 British horror film directed by Hidetoshi Nakata and co-written by Michael Benfield and James Buckley. It is the first installment in the Little Bighorn series, based on the 1870s conflicts between American cavalry and Native Americans which were dramatized in the bestselling and award-winning 1982 book The Last Stand by Stephen E. Ambrose. The film stars Michael Shannon, James Franco, Mark Wahlberg, and Will Patton as Native Americans Joe, Jimmy, Wolf, and Buckskin. The film’s logo, which is featured prominently on the credits, is a reference to Howard Hawks’ 1940 film To Have and Have Not, which featured Bogart and Bacall. Fox 2000 bought U.S. distribution rights to the film, while the UK’s Film4 will release it theatrically in the UK on 23 April.

The Battle Of Los Angeles

The Battle of Los Angeles is a 2002 action film directed by Uwe Boll and starring Christian Bale, Heath Ledger, and Michael Madsen. It is a sequel to the 1999 film Blowback, and is loosely based on the 1966 book The Enemy Within by Richard Hammer. The battle film is set in the summer of 2002, with the U.S. invasion of Iraq and the subsequent disbanding of the country’s security forces and the establishment of the U.S.-sponsored Iraqi Intelligence Service. The film takes its title from the 1927 battle of Chicago between gangsters and law enforcement which lasted for several days and became known as the Battle of Little Britain. The film’s score was composed by Mark Isham. In the years following its release, the film’s reputation has grown and it currently holds a 94% “fresh” rating on the review-aggregator website RottenTomatoes.com.


Burnt is a 2015 American horror film directed by David Mackenzie and starring Jack MacKenzie, Ashley Bell, and Austin Stowell. It is based on the real-life story of the 1958 Medford fire in Oregon, which was the deadliest wildfire in U.S. history. The blaze, which began when a car accident started a fire that burned for eight days and destroyed over 500 structures, was later traced to arson. After the movie’s premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2015, director David Mackenzie said he believed that the film was “a call to action” in the fight against climate change. In an interview with the Associated Press, he said “if people are outraged and inspired by this, then maybe we can pull some things off the ground and make a difference.” The film is one of the more expensive independent productions to ever come out of Sundance. It was released on digital platforms on 11 June and in theaters on 12 June.


Legend is a 2018 American epic superhero film directed by James McTeigue and based on the comic book series The Legend by Richard Starkings. It is the story of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ immortalized Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle and is produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and Tim Burton. The film stars an ensemble cast that includes Ben Kingsley, Cliff Curtis, Deborah Kara Unger, and Lucy Boynton. It was released in theaters on 3 June 2018 and went on to become the fifth-highest-grossing film of that year, behind Toy Story 4, Avengers: Infinity War, Black Panther, and Incredibles 2.

The Nutcracker And The Four Realms

The Nutcracker And The Four Realms is an 2018 American fantasy-adventure film directed by Fede Alvarez and written by Alec Sokolow. It is a remake of the French film Marie-Louise, which was based on Alexandre Dumas’ The Lady of the Camellias. The film stars FKA twigs, Anya Maclaurin, Miranda Richardson, Vincent Cassel, and Helena Bonham Carter as well as original music by Hans Zimmer. It was released on Netflix on 15 December 2018 and became the first original German-language Netflix film to be released theatrically in the U.S.