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Robert Pattinson and Sean Penn in Talks to Star in Water For Elephants Opposite Reese Witherspoon 2010-01-21 13:19:31

Robert Pattinson and Sean Penn Jump In to Water With Reese

In today's "casting news that makes you go 'Oooo,'" Robert Pattinson and Sean Penn are in talks to star in the film adaptation of Water For Elephants, the Great Depression-era story by author Sara Gruen. The novel follows a veterinary student who leaves his schooling after his parents are killed, and instead takes up with the circus. He "sees the brutality of circus life while falling for the wife of an abusive animal trainer." Reese Witherspoon is already attached to the project; throw Penn in, and Pattinson has officially landed himself in legit A-lister territory.

Assuming that Pattinson plays the lead role and Witherspoon and Penn are the married couple, it sounds like Reese and Robert will be a pretty interesting (pretty hot?) onscreen couple. Do you think Pattinson has the talent to keep up with acting heavyweights like Oscar winners Penn and Witherspoon?

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Allyace Allyace 5 years
I like all of these actors (well, not Penn), but none of them really fit the parts. Which is really sad b/c Water for Elephants is one of the best books ever written... I hate that it seems like they are ruining the movie's potential before it even starts filming.
sarcasticmom sarcasticmom 6 years
Reading this book now. I could see Rob as Jacob, but he would have to lose the English accent (sorry anon #3, but Jacob was American, Polish American at that). Maybe it's me, but I think they need to find someone younger for Marlena, and someone more attrative for August.
dana-stewart dana-stewart 6 years
I think Rob has a chance to do this film and get an Oscar.
Lavinie Lavinie 6 years
i LOVED this book.. i'm hesitant about the picks but I can't wait to see this book on film, but it probably won't be as good as the image I had in my head while reading it ;-) i love anonymous' picks for the actors - i totally could have seen joseph gordon levitt as jacob!
suziryder suziryder 6 years
NOOO! NO NO NONONONONONO. This was a fantastic, beautiful book, and it would be a tragedy to put Pattinson in the lead. He is a terrible, terrible actor. This is seriously disappointing news. Yet another adaptation of a beautiful book that will turn out to be a disaster. Sigh.
redchick152 redchick152 6 years
i loved this book! i like all 3 actors separately, but i'm not sure about together. i can see reese as marlena, but the age gap btwn her and rob is too much! i think she was only a year or 2 older than jacob in the book. i can see sean penn as being the evil, smarmy side of august, but definitely not the charming, handsom august (like another poster said). hugh jackman would be great, but he can't have every role out there!
kellylouise kellylouise 6 years
Wow, that sounds amazing. He's really involving himself in some pretty awesome projects- and I'm happy for him. They're not really my type of movies, though, I prefer the way Kristen is picking her projects.
rwfan rwfan 6 years
Reese & Rob already worked together once in "Vanity Fair". I think he played her son. But Rob just had one scene which was an alternate ending and got deleted :(
Joygirl Joygirl 6 years
Great book, interesting casting...
Love-and-Sex Love-and-Sex 6 years
In with the Oscar winners, huh. Let's see what he's got!
lovely2190 lovely2190 6 years
sounds amazing!
AmalieDanielle AmalieDanielle 6 years
yes, yes, yes. Awesome news!!!!! 8)
MissHalfway MissHalfway 6 years
Wow! Really great news!!! I love the book me too and I love Rob! :D
LovlyRita LovlyRita 6 years
hawt!
kate4g kate4g 6 years
Great news!!!!!
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