Parasite director Bong Joon-ho’s follow-up will feature Pattinson in the lead role of an adaptation of Edward Ashton’s upcoming novel, Mickey7.

Robert Pattinson is soon set to make his bow as The Dark Knight in The Batman, which releases in just a couple of months. But prior to that, the actor was renowned for working with celebrated auteurs in smaller, weirder films such as The Lighthouse or High Life, at least since his exit from the Twilight series, anyway. For his next project following The Batman, Pattinson is certainly returning to the pattern of working with a singular visionary artist, although the scale of the project may have changed.

Deadline is reporting that Pattinson is in talks to star in Bong Joon-ho’s next film, an adaptation of the forthcoming Edward Ashton novel, Mickey7, a science-fiction social drama, following ‘Mickey7, is an Expendable: a disposable employee on a human expedition sent to colonise the ice world Niflheim. Whenever there’s a mission that’s too dangerous—even suicidal—the crew turns to Mickey. After one iteration dies, a new body is regenerated with most of his memories intact. After six deaths, Mickey7 understands the terms of his deal…and why it was the only colonial position unfilled when he took it.’

Joon-ho is still in negotiations to take on the project, which forms part of his three film deal with Warner Bros. The director, who is best known for Parasite, the 2020 social thriller that swept the awards circuit, will be returning to themes of social inequality once more, if the outline above is anything to go by. Also on board the project is Plan B, Brad Pitt’s production company, who seems to have a pretty good taste for supporting projects that ultimately turn out well.

We’re certainly excited for this one and will let you know more as we hear it.

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