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Robert PattinsonCalling all Twihards: Robert Pattinson may have just found his next big screen role.

According to Variety, the hunky 'Twilight' star is in talks to join Reese Witherspoon in Fox 2000's 'Water for Elephants.' Francis Lawrence, who last directed the action epic 'I Am Legend,' is attached to direct, with Richard LaGravenese ('The Fisher King') on board to write.

In addition to Pattinson, two-time Oscar winner Sean Penn is considering the project, although no official details have been confirmed.

If cast, Pattinson would presumably play the lead role, an Ivy League student who joins the Benzini Brothers circus as a vet. The project is based on a book by Sara Gruen, released in 2006. Robert PattinsonCalling all Twihards: Robert Pattinson may have just found his next big screen role.

According to Variety, the hunky 'Twilight' star is in talks to join Reese Witherspoon in Fox 2000's 'Water for Elephants.' Francis Lawrence, who last directed the action epic 'I Am Legend,' is attached to direct, with Richard LaGravenese ('The Fisher King') on board to write.

In addition to Pattinson, two-time Oscar winner Sean Penn is considering the project, although no official details have been confirmed.

If cast, Pattinson would presumably play the lead role, an Ivy League student who joins the Benzini Brothers circus as a vet. The project is based on a book by Sara Gruen, released in 2006.

Next up for Pattinson is the romantic drama 'Remember Me,' in theaters March 10. He can also be seen, of course, in the third edition of 'Twilight' ('Eclipse'), due out June 30.

And if you can't wait that long to see him, MTV is reporting that Pattinson is one of the latest celebrities set to appear during George Clooney's 'Hope for Haiti' telethon, airing tomorrow at 8PM across multiple channels.