Robert Pattinson’s Cosmos

He Plays a Sexy Space Cadet in High Life

BY: Claire Connors

French director Claire Denis explores new worlds and civilizations in her first English-language, space odyssey film, High Life. Here, the Beau travail director goes full-on sci-fi by setting her story deep in outer space. First we meet Monte (Robert Pattinson) and his baby daughter, the last survivors of a mission gone very wrong. But what caused the operation to go awry? Denis takes us back to the beginning of the tale where we meet Juliette Binoche (Chocolat) playing a witchy doctor in charge of a crew of death-row inmates manning a hopeless journey to the outer solar system. Little do they know, she’s conducting sexual reproductive experiments on them with some interesting results. Look for former Outkast musician Andre 3000 and Susperia co-star Mia Goth in supporting roles.

These strange, conceptual films seem to serve as an antidote to the movies that made R-Pattz‘s pinups a staple on teenaged girls’ bedroom walls. Although he made his name and his fortune in one of the world’s most popular film franchises, as Edwin Cullen in the Twilight series, Pattinson seeks out indie films like High Life to feed his savage, artistic soul. Think about it: can you actually name another movie he’s been in? Even his films by great directors like David Cronenberg (2012’s Cosmopolis) or costarring amazing A-list actors like Reese Witherspoon (2011’s Water for Elephants) or with the promise of some good old-fashioned sexual obsession (2018’s Damsel), Pattison almost always chooses the creative path less troddened.

Which brings us to Pattinson’s upcoming projects, two of which should make both his Twilight and indie film fans very happy. First up is The King, a Game of Thrones-type tale about the rise of young King Henry V (Timothée Charlamet), costarring Joel Edgerton (Boy Erased) and Lily-Rose Depp (Johnny’s daughter and Timothée’s current squeeze). Despite Pattinson’s seeming distaste for fame, with A-list names like that attached, The King is sure to be a commercial success.

On the flip side of that coin, is The Lighthouse, a horror movie about an aging lighthouse keeper (Willem Dafoe) set in late 19th century Maine. All the Indie boxes are checked with this one: it’s shot exclusively in 35mm black & white film stock with lenses from the 1920s and equipment from the 1940s. Sounds like it’ll be right up Pattison’s artistic alley.

High Life will hit theaters on April 12th.