Hot off his acclaimed performance in the crime drama Good Time, Robert Pattinson has signed on to join Willem Dafoe in the fantasy-horror movie THE LIGHTHOUSE, which hails from The Witch director Robert Eggers, it was announced Thursday.
RT Features and A24 are behind the project, which will head into production this spring. Robert Eggers co-wrote the script with Max Eggers, and all we know right now is that the film will be set in the world of old sea-faring myths.
RT Features’ Rodrigo Teixeira and Lourenço Sant’ Anna developed the project with Robert Eggers and will produce alongside Parts & Labor’s Jay Van Hoy as well as Youree Henley. A24 has acquired worldwide rights and will distribute the film in the U.S., while New Regency (The Revenant) has joined the project as a co-financier.
“I am extremely happy to be working with RT, A24, and Parts & Labor again. Along with New Regency, they are providing me and my collaborators with the support and freedom to make this film the way it needs to be made. It’s a privilege,” said Robert Eggers.
“Pattinson is one of the most talented actors working today. We are excited to work with him and Eggers, a singular filmmaker whose unique vision we support,” added Teixeira.
“We are beyond excited to be partnering again with Rob Eggers, a true visionary and one of the great filmmakers of his generation. This new script blew us away — it creates a totally unique and ambitious universe and manages to somehow feel scary, suspenseful, wondrous, and beautiful all at the same time,” A24 said in a statement.
Pattinson and Eggers nearly worked together once before, as I heard that the director wanted to cast him alongside Anya Taylor-Joy in his Nosferatu remake, but that Pattinson didn’t think the part was big enough for him. I’m glad the duo were able to find a project to work on together, as they strike me as a strong fit on paper.
Pattinson recently wrapped Claire Denis’ sci-fi thriller High Life, and he’ll soon be seen opposite Mia Wasikowska in David and Nathan Zellner’s Damsel, which premiered at Sundance last month. He’s represented by WME, Curtis Brown Group and 3 Arts Entertainment.
RT Features and Parts & Labor produced Eggers’ The Witch, which A24 released to critical acclaim. The film went on to win Film Independent Spirit Awards for Best First Feature and Best First Screenplay. Eggers is also currently developing a limited series based on the life of Rasputin with MRC and Parts & Labor. Eggers is represented by WME.
RT Features and New Regency are currently in post-production on James Grey’s Ad Astra starring Brad Pitt, which 20th Century Fox will release in December.
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