“Twilight” star Robert Pattinson has not been cast as troubled Nirvana lead singer Kurt Cobain in the upcoming biopic based on his life. Universal confirmed that the story, which ran first in “The Sun,” is false. Rumours that Love was all for the casting are also untrue, according to Love’s manager, who isn’t even sure if she knows who the British actor is. She has agreed to be involved in the project as long as she has approval over certain aspects of the film, such as the casting of herself and her late husband.
Pattinson would have been an odd choice for the role for several reasons. The audience for the biopic will be considerably older than the “Twilight” fan base, so producers could not capitalise much on that fervour. Also, Pattinson has yet to prove he can take on a role with such depth. Sparkly vampire Edward Cullen isn’t much of a challenge and prior to the “Twilight” saga the actor played a supporting role in the “Harry Potter” movies and not much else. Pattinson’s first non-”Twilight” leading man role, in the romantic drama “Remember Me,” hasn’t blown away critics or moviegoers, as shown by the disappointing box office results.
The next “Twilight” movie, “Eclipse,” comes out this summer, with the final chapter, “Breaking Dawn,” scheduled for release in 2011. Pattinson’s current project is “Bel Ami,” co-starring Uma Thurman, Christina Ricci and Kristin Scott Thomas. The story of journalist Georges Duroy’s corrupt rise to power in Paris is a little meatier, but by then the Cobain role seems certain to have be cast.