Robert Pattinson will not be transformed into an Old Man in ‘Water for Elephants’

Hollywood Exclusive, by Marilyn Beck and Stacy Jenel Smith, is reporting that the ‘Water for Elephants’ casting team has started the search for Old Jacob Jankowski, the role that is being played by Robert Pattinson.  They also mention that another villian in the story has yet to be cast. They write:

PAGE TO SCREEN: Wonder what “Twilight” heartthrob Robert Pattinson will look like at 93? So do the casting forces on “Water for Elephants,” who’ve been checking out old guys to play the aged version of Pattinson’s character in the big-screen adaptation of the acclaimed Sara Gruen historical novel. The story is formed by his reminiscences of dropping out of Cornell veterinary school and joining the Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show on Earth during the 1930s Great Depression — encountering a brutal, mentally unbalanced trainer (Christoph Waltz, fresh off his “Inglourious Basterds” Oscar win) and his beautiful, mistreated wife (Reese Witherspoon). Another key bad guy still has to be cast as well. Production’s set for May 22.

I kinda wanted to see Old Rob.

I guess this puts to rest the notion that Rob would be transformed into an elderly man via the magic of make-up. So, who do you think should play old Jacob aka old Robert Pattinson?

Note: I’m not familiar with this source so as per usual, grain of salt here. We are working on confirmation.

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  • It would make me seriously happy if this particular story was wrong. I really, really wanted to see Rob play Jacob in his 90’s. This is a fantastic opportunity to again demonstrate his range. If this is true, it disappoints me. Maybe it’s a budget and time issue, but I’d really, really love to see Rob do the whole role.

    • Me too! I was really looking forward to seeing the transformation and what Rob could do with that as an actor.

  • helen

    Terence Stamp.

    • I’m gonna throw my vote in for Christopher Plummer. Luv him.

  • camilla

    max von sydow 😛

  • Teddi

    I am disappointed too. That was one of the things (amongst SO many) that made me think how incredible Robert could be in this role. I am 3/4 of the way through the book, where the elder Jacob is much more prevalent than in the script I’ve read and again, all I could do was picture Robert as an old man. It would be a shame to not afford him the opportunity to show what he can really do. I am looking forward to this film very much. My grandmother was a performer, not in the circus, but the county fair circuit during this time and having seen her many scrapbooks, I am anxious to see her world as a late teen brought to life. So exciting!

  • Dorym

    I disliked the format of the book with the switching back and forth and reminiscing. I truly hope that they will not do that in the movie. To cast young Rob and tell his story and then go to old Rob at the end would be so much better and give a punch to the ending. The Brad Pitt movie (Benjamin Button) with a reverse aging was too confusing, that type of format sucks in a movie.

  • Dorym

    Ted Danson

  • caly

    I too hope they’ll let Rob play old Jacob. I was really looking forward to his transformation. Moreoever this part of the story is great and so moving, I want to see Robert portray 93yo Jacob and convey all his emotions…

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  • LadyMadonna

    I loved the book & am now rereading it to picture Rob Patz as Jacob. I think he’ll be great in it & will do the character justice. I was wondering how the film would be able to age him…sometimes it looks flat out fake to take a 20something and age him 70yrs., but I can see Christoph Waltz as an old Jacob.

    • Teddi

      I believe Christoph Waltz will be playing August.

  • Pru

    Rob’s real-life dad, Richard Pattinson (who would still need aging).

  • gigileo

    Unlike most of you I’m quite happy that Rob won’t be playing old Jacob – I usually don’t like how actors are aged with make up and so… I end up spending most of my time just looking at the make up and I don’t enjoy the acting any more. So I hope this is a true rumor.

    What about Clint Eastwood ??

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  • Dee

    I hope this story is wrong too. I think any good make-up team could transform a 23 year old in to a 93 year old. Old Jacob is a huge part of the script and it would be more believable if it was played by Rob. Another piont in this story is where they said “another bad guy still has to be cast”. The script eliminates the part of Uncle Al, so who is the other bad guy?

  • Sarah

    Well, I never pictured older Jacob being played by Rob. I always saw an older man instead of him. It would be too weird to have Rob drown in make up. I would probably be laughing if that happened. So Im all for another actor to do that job 😛

  • Amy

    I’m just starting to read the book now and found it funny (coincidental? ironic? strange? bizarre?) that Rob is playing a character named “Jacob” who has a roommate in the nursing home named “Edward.” I wonder if that part will be cast?

    As for who should play “old Jacob,” I think it is sad that Rob won’t get to do it. After watching all of this other work (especially some of his lesser-known parts – Dali, Daniel Gale and Art), it would be amazing to see him play a character in his 90s (a la Brad Pitt, as mentioned above). Nevertheless, perhaps an aged Pierce Brosnan (who, coincidentally, plays his father in Remember Me)?

  • Mrs. Deen

    I don’t know why they are looking for someone else to play old Jacob. Rob could play the role of old Jacob too. This is an opportunity for him to show his range of acting as so many of you menioned above. Also I am sure now a days they can do a wonderful job with the make up. He can do it and he should do it.

  • justanobserver

    Just finished the book, absolutely loved it. Sara Gruen told a wonderful story and captured the times.

    As for Rob…well, I wish I could see Bel Ami before he starts this to see how well he does in a period piece. Yes, “Haunted Airman” was circa WWI, but he didn’t have to do that much and it was only a BBC television production, not a feature film.

    Much has been placed on his shoulders, perhaps too soon. “Remember Me” was not that much of a stretch for him and if they hadn’t cast Chris Cooper and Pierce Brosnan, I doubt it would have even warranted much attention at all.

    I definitely don’t want to see him attempt to play the older Jacob, I just don’t think he’s got the chops and unless they totally CGI him, I don’t want to see a Benjamin Button rehash.

    Again, each film Rob does is more experience and he gains more credibility. But I’m a little bit worried when he has he can’t be bothered to memorize lines. Yes, that might be how they roll with your Twilight one-liners but now you are in the big leagues. Step up and ACT like it.

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