Twilight heartthrob Robert Pattinson has signed to star in "Cosmopolis", David Cronenberg's adaptation of the Don DeLillo novel.
The actor will be stepping into shoes that were to be worn by Colin Farrell.
Paul Giamatti and Marion Cotillard are already on board the film, which is eying a mid-May start in Toronto.
The project centres on a 28-year-old financial wizard and billionaire, to be played by Pattinson, as he traverses Manhattan in his stretch limo.
His goal is to get a haircut at Anthony's, his father's barber, but on this day his driver has to navigate a presidential visit, an attack by anarchists and a rapper's funeral. Stuck in traffic, he anxiously monitors the value of the yen on the limo's computer, his fortune in the balance.
Farrell was attached to play the lead but segued to a remake of Total Recall, which also shoots in the spring. - Reuters