Once The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 debuts a month from today, all of this Twilight hoopla is going to go away and poor Robert Pattinson will be left without a job. Good thing he’s landed a showy supporting role in Hold On to Me from Oscar-winning documentary director James Marsh (Man On Wire). Pattinson has signed on to co-star alongside Carey Mulligan (Drive) in the pic that was formerly titled, Nancy and Danny. The picture is based on a true life account of a couple’s kidnapping of their town’s richest man that goes awry. Hit the jump for more on Hold On to Me. [Update: Check out the official synopsis after the jump.]
Deadline reports that Pattinson will have a flashy supporting role in Marsh’s Hold On to Me. The real life events unfolded as a femme fatale and her boyfriend kidnapped a wealthy local man for ransom and buried him in a box. Needless to say, that probably wasn’t the smartest idea as their plan goes from worse to worst. Pattinson will play Jimmy, a character described as the love of the woman’s life, but not the boyfriend involved in the kidnapping. The script was drawn up by Brad Inglesby (The Dynamiter) and will be produced by Indian Paintbrush’s Steven Rales, Mark Roybal and Michael Pruss with Alexandra Milchan. Todd Field will also produce, although he originally set the project up to direct. Field will instead helm The Creed of Violence, starring Christian Bale.
Though Pattinson can next be seen in the conclusion to The Twilight Saga, he’s already got a slate of films lined up for 2013. Pattinson will star opposite Guy Pearce in David Michod’s near-future Australian Western, The Rover. He’s also attached to star in Werner Herzog’s Queen of the Desert as Colonel T.E. Lawrence, aka Lawrence of Arabia. Lastly, he’ll star in Mission: Blacklist, a story of the U.S. military interrogator who discovered the location of Saddam Hussein.
Here’s the new official synopsis from Hold On to Me:
Mulligan plays Nancy, a small town girl who callously leaves her boyfriend Jimmy (Pattinson) behind to chase a modelling career in New York City, breaking his heart in the process. To Nancy’s surprise, New York isn’t impressed by her and at 26, she’s back home waiting tables at the local diner. When she gets word that Jimmy has become a wealthy and successful criminal in Chicago, she tracks him down with a view to winning his affections, only to find crushing rejection. Fuelled by jealousy and an unquenchable thirst for fortune, Nancy finds Danny, a naïve pawn she can seduce and manipulate to her own ends and together they embark on a life of crime. Success comes fast, and leaves faster but nothing and no one will stand in the way of Nancy’s naked, dangerous and deadly ambition.