'Twilight' Star Leads Cast In Latest Hollywood Take On Hedge Funds

Feb 28 2011 | 9:23am ET

With a little luck, next year's Academy Awards will be dominated by movies featuring hedge funds in starring roles.

With "Arbitrage"—featuring Richard Gere as a hedge fund manager under seige—set to begin filming in April, the stars are lining up for Hollywood's next take on the alternative investments industry. Director David Cronenberg has inked Robert Pattinson, teenage heartthrob and star of the "Twilight" movies, to play a young hedge fund manager who, during a Homerian journey across Manhattan to get a haircut, loses everything in "Cosmopolis."

Robert Pattinson and Juliette BinocheRobert Pattinson and Juliette Binoche

The film, based on a 2003 Don DeLillo novel of the same name, also features the actress Juliette Binoche as the wife of Pattinson's Eric Packer, as well as Paul Giamatti and Mathieu Amalric. Binoche's role had previously been rumored to be filled by the English actress Keira Knightly.

"Cosmopolis" will follow Pattinson-as-Packer through a 24-hour limousine ride across Manhattan. During the journey, interrupted by a Presidential motorcade, a funeral for a rap music star and a riot, Pattinson's life and career unravel in the plush ride—featuring, in true Roman splendor, a Carrara marble-lined floor—as he loses everything on a currency bet, and does so with a nihilistic relish.

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