During this year’s Cannes Film Festival news broke that “New Moon” star Robert Pattinson would take on a very different “amoral character” in the film “Bel Ami,” an adaption of Guy de Maupassant’s 1885 short story. Today we learn the identity of Rob’s leading lady: Nicole Kidman.
According to Screen Daily.com, the film centers on journalist Georges Duroy (played by Rob) and his “rise to the top of Parisian high society in the 1890s, via the beds of the city’s most glamorous and influential women.”
Though it’s not specified which character Nicole will take on, it’s safe to assume she’ll play Madeline Forestier, Georges’ one-time mentor who later becomes his wife. Nicole has plenty of period-piece experience with her upcoming release “Nine” and starring roles in Baz Luhrmann’s “Australia” and “Moulin Rouge!,” but does anyone else find this pairing a little, well, odd?
Perhaps it’s the almost-20-year age difference between the two leads. Or maybe we’re just so used to seeing Rob alongside “Twilight” costar Kristen Stewart, that it’s hard to imagine him with another leading lady.
Shooting begins February 2010, so I’ll hold my final judgment on this pairing until the film’s 2011 release.