ROUNDUP: Robert Pattinson to play ‘Jimmy’ in Oscar winner, James Marsh’s, ‘Hold On To Me’

Robert Pattinson was announced to join the Hold On To Me team last October. With our site up and running, we wanted to revisit a few of the initial reports on his casting. The film is currently in pre-production, reported by Film Nation. They are handling international sales and distribution.

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“Pattinson in a strong and showy supporting role”

From Deadline:

As packages firm up for AFM, here’s one that will surely reverberate in Santa Monica. Robert Pattinson is signing on to star with Carey Mulligan in Hold On To Me. The film will be directed by James Marsh, who won an Oscar for the docu Man On Wire and followed with Project Nim. Pic is based on a true story about a femme fatale who with her boyfriend kidnaps and ransoms the town’s richest man. They bury him in a box and things go horribly awry. Pattinson plays the flashy supporting role of the woman’s life love, Jimmy, who isn’t involved in the crime. The project was scripted by Brad Ingelsby.

Alexandra Milchan is producing with Indian Paintbrush‘s Steven Rales, Mark Roybal and Michael Pruss. Also producing is Todd Field, who originally developed the film to direct but stepped off to helm Creed Of Violence for Cross Creek.

From The Hollywood Reporter:

Robert Pattinson is coming on aboard Hold On to Me, a thriller being developed by Indian Paintbrush that will likely be a hit sales title at the American Film Market.

As previously reported by The Hollywood Reporter, Carey Mulligan is attached to star in what was formerly titled Nancy and DannyJames Marsh, the filmmaker behind the acclaimed documentary Man on Wire, is on board to direct.

Set in a small town, the project concerns a money-hungry woman (Mulligan) whose big-city dreams failed. In order to land a high school crush, she uses a hapless man as a pawn in a get-rich-quick scheme that quickly goes wrong.

Pattinson would play the crush.

Brad Inglesby wrote the script for Nancy, which is being produced by Alexandra Milchan of EMJAG Productions, Indian Paintbrush’ Steven Rales and Mark Roybal as well as Todd Field.

From Hey U Guys:

As one of the best-known actors around the world, the future is looking pretty excellent for Robert Pattinson with The Twilight Saga officially coming to an end next month, with the release of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2. He’s been lining up a number of very interesting projects, after most recently starring in David Cronenberg’s Cosmopolis this year, and now Deadline report that he’s signing on to star in yet another very promising film, Hold On To Me.

James Marsh, the Oscar-winning director behind the documentary, Man on Wire, is at the helm, with the ever-brilliant Carey Mulligan starring in the lead.

“Pic is based on a true story about a femme fatale who with her boyfriend kidnaps and ransoms the town’s richest man. They bury him in a box and things go horribly awry. Pattinson plays the flashy supporting role of the woman’s life love, Jimmy, who isn’t involved in the crime.”

Marsh will be directing from a script formerly titled Nancy and Danny by rising young writer Brad Ingelsby, with Alexandra Milchan (Street Kings, The Wolf of Wall Street) producing alongside Indian Paintbrush’s Steven M. Rales (Moonrise Kingdom), Mark Roybal (No Country for Old Men), and Michael Pruss (the upcoming Cruise of the Gods).

Pattinson has a number of films on his slate for the New Year, including David Michôd’s The Rover, starring alongside Guy Pearce; Werner Herzog’s Queen of the Desert, starring as Col. T. E. Lawrence / Lawrence of Arabia alongside Naomi Watts; as well as Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire’s Mission: Blacklist, based on a true story in which Pattinson will star as the US military interrogator who discovered the location of Saddam Hussein in the hunt for Hussein in the early 2000s.

No word yet on exactly when Hold On To Me is set to go into production, but hopefully it will be early in 2013, because this is definitely a project to look forward to. With Mulligan in the lead, Pattinson in a strong and showy supporting role, and Marsh behind the camera, this looks set to be a sure thing. More as we get it.

From The Playlist:

the actor continues to line up an impressive array of projects. And already attached to movies with Werner Herzog and David Michod, he’s got another non-Hollywood filmmaker that’s lining up in his schedule.

Pattinson will join Carey Mulligan in the previously announced “Nancy And Danny” which is now called “Hold On To Me.” But this isn’t some swoony romance. Penned by Brad Ingelsby (“Out Of The Furnace“), and set to be directed by James Marsh (“Project Nim,” “Shadow Dancer“) the story follows a money hungry woman, whose life didn’t turn out the way she wanted, who uses a man as a pawn to help land her high school crush in a get-rich-quick scheme. And that plan is to bury the town’s richest man in box and hold him for ransom, but of course, things don’t go as they’re supposed to.

The film also brings Pattinson into the orbit of another great filmmaker, Todd Field, who is producing the project after being originally attached to direct (he’s now focusing on “The Creed Of Violence“). Now before anyone gets too excited, this is a package project headed to the American Film Market, which means that if it doesn’t get some decent pre-sales, it ain’t gonna happen. But Pattinson is clearly done with blockbusters for the moment, and we like everyone involved, and given the talent on board, we don’t see why this can’t make a planned 2013 shoot.

From Empire:

How quickly things change. Or at least, titles change. It was just a couple of months ago that Carey Mulligan was circling the lead in Nancy And Danny,the tale of a woman who turns to crime to win over the man of her dreams. Now it’s called Hold On To Me, and while it still boasts Mulligan in the lead,it’ll also come packing some Pattinson power.

From HitFix:

Robert Pattinson has lined up another post-“Twilight” role, this time opposite Carey Mulligan in the fact-based noirish thriller “Hold On To Me.”

Based on a true story, “Hold” centers on a femme fatale (Mulligan) and her beau, who kidnap the richest man in town and attempt to hold him for ransom, only for their best laid plans to spiral out of control. According to Deadline, Pattinson has signed on to play a key supporting role as Jimmy, Mulligan’s slick secret lover ho isn’t involved in the kidnapping.

Oscar winner James Marsh (the documentaries “Man On Wire” and “Project Nim”) is directing from a script by Brad Ingelsby (“Out of the Furnace”).

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