Robert Pattinson might be the next Indiana Jones. Might. "Daily Star," a UK rag that uses terms like "yummy mummy" on the regs, has a so-called Hollywood source that says Pattinson is one of the actors Disney is considering to lead a new Indiana Jones franchise. According to their Hollywood source, which we imagine looks like a fancy, cigar-puffing executive with a comb-over, "They feel that the series has huge potential on many levels, starting with the films leading to other spin-offs like games which can generate more money than movies.
"Rob is top of the initial list because he has showed his acting stripes away from 'Twilight.'
"But the competition will be stiff."
(Ugh, video games based on movies. That's another kettle of stinky fish altogether.)
The House of Mouse snagged the rights to Indy Jones along with "Star Wars" when it purchased LucasFilm, and we all know what happened next. But is Pattinson really going to join another mega-franchise? Although his post-"Twilight" career has been a mixed bag, he's shown an impressive willingness to jump into challenging material with filmmakers like David Cronenberg ("Cosmopolis," "Maps to the Stars") and David Michôd ("The Rover"). Pattinson seemed shocked, if not downright disillusioned, by the fan frenzy that "Twilight" incited.
In 2011, Pattinson told "Vanity Fair," "There's nothing you can do about it. That's the way it is... But it is weird being part of that, kind of representing something you don't particularly like ... God. I just really headbutted it." And that interview was done before "Twilight" had even finished filming!
Although the actor has been extraordinarily grateful to the success "Twilight" has brought him, he's also made it clear that he wasn't seeking it and doesn't particularly like it. Although that built-in "Twilight" appeal might be attractive to a studio, it seems unlikely that the star would dive back into the franchise game.
What say you? Would casting Pattinson help or hurt an Indy reboot? Who would you choose to crack the whip once again?
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