Robert Pattinson To Hunt For Saddam Hussein In Mission: Blacklist

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Robert Pattinson to play Eric Maddox in Mission: Blacklist

Just a few days after we learned that Kristen Stewart signed on to play a troubled girl who sells a failed snuff film in Cali, Robert Pattinson’s next gritty role has been announced. According to Variety, the Twilight star is attached to Mission: Blacklist, a military thriller based on the book Mission: Blacklist #1, which recounts how an interrogator in Tikrit helped capture Saddam Hussein.

We assume RPattz will play Staff Sgt. Eric Maddox (pictured above, right), the interrogator who co-wrote the book with David Seay. According to the book’s website: “The story begins with Sergeant Maddox’s arrival in Iraq in July 2003 and extends through to when he pinpoints Hussein’s location, just hours before the expiration of his tour in December 2003. Central to the story are the interrogations of progressively more important insurgents as Sergeant Maddox closes in on Hussein’s location. During these interrogations, Sergeant Maddox undergoes his own process of self-discovery, as he learns the art of interrogation, how to find the right psychological lever among the target’s fears, hopes, ambitions and pride that, once pressure is applied, coaxes the target to divulge the information he conceals.”

Since Pattinson’s rapid rise to stardom, we’ve seen him make some very conscious decisions to vary his roles, from the directionless boy of Remember Me and the accidental circus vet of Water for Elephants to the ambitious writer of Bel Ami and the thrill-seeking billionaire of Cosmopolis. What’s interesting about this latest decision is that it seems to be wholeheartedly targeting a different audience from his more romantic fare. We’re totally curious to see if the leap will work out for him.

[Photos: Getty Images, MissionBlacklist.com]