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Pattinson & Penn get their speedos ready to join Witherspoon in Water

01.21.2010

Sorry to disappoint you. There are no speedos involved.

Variety is reporting that Sean Penn and Robert Pattinson might be joining Reese Witherspoon in WATER FOR ELEPHANTS. Francis Lawrence (I AM LEGEND) will be directing the film. Richard LaGravenese (THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY, P.S. I LOVE YOU) has penned the script.

WATER FOR ELEPHANTS is based on the novel of the same name about veterinarian Jacob Jankowski who recounts his life spent with a traveling circus during the great depression after his parents are killed.

Although Jankowski narrates at the age of 93, Pattinson would most likely play the 21 year old version of him that leaves his studies for the Benzini Brothers circus. I'm not familiar enough with the book to guess what roles Penn and Witherspoon would be playing. Maybe Penn is one of the Benzini Brothers that hires Pattinson on. Perhaps there will be a little romance between Witherspoon and Pattinson. The studio isn't giving on details on the project.

That Pattinson sure is getting popular. I didn't catch him in LITTLE ASHES when he played Salvador Dalí. This weekend I will be checking him out in 2008's HOW TO BE. He's gotta be doing something right if he's gaining more roles, especially alongside someone like Penn. I mean, more than just being known as chick magnet, Edward Cullen. What do you guys think about this project & Pattinson?

Extra Tidbit: Robert Pattinson was inspired by Jack Nicholson after seeing his performance in ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST.
Source: Variety

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2:46PM on 01/22/2010

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have a feeling he wants to get away from the whole twilight scene that way people can take him more seriously in movies.
have a feeling he wants to get away from the whole twilight scene that way people can take him more seriously in movies.
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11:24PM on 01/21/2010

Great picks

I've read the book and I think the casting choices so far are perfect. Hopefully they can get Danny Woodburn from The Watchmen to play the midget, Walter, that Janowski spends so much time with.
I've read the book and I think the casting choices so far are perfect. Hopefully they can get Danny Woodburn from The Watchmen to play the midget, Walter, that Janowski spends so much time with.
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9:38PM on 01/21/2010

Just say no, Niki

How to Be is an absolutely horrible movie. I ended up fast-forwarding through most of it. I am beginning to think Pattinson will be a one franchise wonder. Still waiting to see Little Ashes.
How to Be is an absolutely horrible movie. I ended up fast-forwarding through most of it. I am beginning to think Pattinson will be a one franchise wonder. Still waiting to see Little Ashes.
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8:59PM on 01/21/2010
Something tells me I will never care for the guy even without Twilight
Something tells me I will never care for the guy even without Twilight
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7:38PM on 01/21/2010
how to be, made me realize he's not so bad. definitely made me like him a bit more. i'm eager to check out little ashes though. i'm hoping once twilight's over and done with he'll stay away from project's like that.
how to be, made me realize he's not so bad. definitely made me like him a bit more. i'm eager to check out little ashes though. i'm hoping once twilight's over and done with he'll stay away from project's like that.
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7:32PM on 01/21/2010
Haven't seen any of his films, but he seems pretty convincing in the trailer for his new film. You know, the one that looks like a reboot/ re-imagining/ rip-off of "Rebel Without A Cause."
Haven't seen any of his films, but he seems pretty convincing in the trailer for his new film. You know, the one that looks like a reboot/ re-imagining/ rip-off of "Rebel Without A Cause."
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7:31PM on 01/21/2010
It's REESE Witherspoon by the way.

He's gotta be doing something right? He's good looking that's all. It's exactly why Jessica Alba, Scarlett Johannsen, and Ashton Kutcher still get juicy roles.
It's REESE Witherspoon by the way.

He's gotta be doing something right? He's good looking that's all. It's exactly why Jessica Alba, Scarlett Johannsen, and Ashton Kutcher still get juicy roles.
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7:39PM on 01/21/2010
I expect for everyone to say the same thing about Pattinson. I'm just wondering if anyone has watched any of his films outside of TWILIGHT. It's obvious that he's a pretty face by the 18 million screaming 14 year olds.

I expect for everyone to say the same thing about Pattinson. I'm just wondering if anyone has watched any of his films outside of TWILIGHT. It's obvious that he's a pretty face by the 18 million screaming 14 year olds.

8:29PM on 01/21/2010
Yeah, they're great judges of talent. I mean I know many teens who worship Paris Hilton, Britney Spears and the Jonas Brothers and they all are pure raw talent.
Yeah, they're great judges of talent. I mean I know many teens who worship Paris Hilton, Britney Spears and the Jonas Brothers and they all are pure raw talent.
10:29PM on 01/21/2010
Sadly sir, that's really the only thing that studios care about.
Sadly sir, that's really the only thing that studios care about.
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