Robert Pattinson will not take a leading part in "Dune", director Peter Berg's new adaptation of Frank Herbert's novel, despite circulating rumors to the contrary. Slamming down the casting speculation was Gossip Cop, which claimed that the denial came from a source close to the "Twilight Saga" heartthrob.
Speculation that the actor who will be seen starring as Edward Cullen in the November-released "The Twilight Saga's New Moon" might be starring in "Dune" made its rounds back in May. While on a break from shooting "New Moon", the 23-year-old was spotted leaving the Los Angeles home of Berg, who is working on the novel adaptation. There were words that he may portray young Paul Atreides in the project.
In addition to putting the break on "Dune" casting, Gossip Cop also set things straight on Pattinson's other casting rumor. Denying that the Salvador Dali of "Little Ashes" bowed out from his part as George Duroy in "Bel Ami" due to scheduling conflicts, the site insisted the actor is still very much attached.
"Dune" is aimed to be a "faithful adaptation" of the novel. It centers on a remote desert planet called Arakis, which is the sole provider of the universally loved spice fuel Melange. A power struggle ensues over who will control the spice. Kevin Misher produces along with Richard Rubenstein and Sarah Aubrey.
"Bel Ami", meanwhile, is a morality tale centered on Georges Duroy, a man who rises to the top by manipulating a series of powerful and wealthy mistresses. Uberto Pasolini will serve as the producer, while Declan Donnellan takes on the role of its director. It's unclear whether this adaptation will be contemporary or true to the source material which was published in 1885 as a period piece.