We previously posted the Preview One of Cosmopolis here, in preview two they sum up the reasons having Rob take over for Colin Farrell will "put an entirely new complexion on the Cronenberg Cosmopolis"
It is easy to discern what Pattinson hopes to gain from the endeavour. Just as the day-long journey of Eric Packer can be seen as that of a God falling from the sterile sanctuary of Mount Olympus, to the dirty streets below where he is free to love and steal and kill with all the other humans, so Pattinson clearly wants to scrub himself of the stifling sheen of teen exaltation, and instead have the opportunities to make the kind of movies he wants to make.
However what Cronenberg does get through the casting of Pattinson – and what he wouldn't have got had Farrell not exited – is the ideal movie star embodiment of Eric Packer. Because while the Pattinson devotees might present him as a throwback to vintage teen icons (both James Dean and Holden Caulfield have been regularly invoked in connection with Remember Me), he is in truth as much a 21st century man as DeLillo's boyish billionaire.
The marriage between Packer and Pattinson seems natural therefore. We will likely find out sometime in 2012 if the marriage between Cronenberg and Pattinson proves equally harmonious.
Great read, be sure to check out both articles, TONS of spoilers but exciting to hear about Rob's new challenging role!