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Robert Pattinson denies 'Catching Fire' rumor

By Lillian Chen,
At Cannes festival, Pattinson dispels rumor and talks new film.

Twilight series star Robert Pattinson was confused – and curious – about reports that have been circulating online that he was being considered to play Finnick Odair in Catching Fire, the sequel to The Hunger Games.

On Saturday morning, the day after he successfully premiered his new film, Cosmopolis, at the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France, he saw the internet reports.

He told USA Today that the reports caught him off guard.

“I woke up this morning and saw all these things about me being cast in The Hunger Games,” he said. “I was kind of curious for a second. So I called my agent.”

“My agent was like, ‘No,’” he continued, with a laugh. “[My agent] was like, no one’s going to offer you that part. I was like, thanks for reassurance.”

A film adapted from Don DeLillo’s novel of the same name, Cosmopolis is a timely film that criticizes greed and capitalism, in which Pattinson plays unsympathetic billionaire Eric Packer.

At the Cannes Film Festival, the film received a standing ovation. Pattinson said that the praise came after director David Cronenberg warned him that the Cannes audience can be critical.

“David tells me the night before, ‘I’m fully expecting some boos,’” Pattinson said. “I literally didn’t watch one second of the movie, I was waiting for people to walk out.”

Pattinson’s performance received both positive and negative reviews.

The Hollywood Reporter wrote that “Pattinson is too bland and monotonous to hold the interest,” while Empire Online said that “Cosmopolis does prove that he has the chops, and he parlays his cult persona beautifully into the spoiled, demanding Packer.”

Cosmopolis will be released in the United States in August.

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