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'Twilight's' Robert Pattinson in Saddam Hussein film

Actor Robert Pattinson onstage during the 2011 MTV

Actor Robert Pattinson onstage during the 2011 MTV Movie Awards at Universal Studios' Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City in California. (June 5, 2011) Credit: Getty Images

Robert Pattinson, star of the soon-to-end "Twilight" franchise, is set to play a real-life U.S. soldier who helped capture Saddam Hussein in the upcoming thriller "Mission: Blacklist," according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The film is based on Eric Maddox's book "Mission: Black List #1: The Inside Story of the Search for Saddam Hussein -- As Told by the Soldier Who Masterminded His Capture."

Maddox served as an interrogator with the 12-man team that tracked the onetime Iraqi president to his so-called spider-hole in Tikrit on Dec. 13, 2003.

"Mission: Blacklist" would mark a major change for Pattinson, best known as the vampire Edward Cullen in the "The Twilight Saga," which concludes Nov. 16 with "Breaking Dawn -- Part 2."

Pattinson's non-vampire roles have been mostly sensitive types in movies like the 9/11-themed drama "Remember Me" and the Depression-era romance "Water For Elephants." Coming up, he'll play a 19th-century French man in "Bel Ami" and a wealthy financier in David Cronenberg's "Cosmopolis," based on Don DeLillo's novel.

Pattinson will help promote "Cosmopolis" at this month's Cannes Film Festival, where the makers of "Mission: Blacklist" are expected to shop their movie for a buyer. Jean-Stephane Sauvaire is set to direct.

Pattinson recently returned to "The Twilight Saga" set in Vancouver to film reshoots for "Breaking Dawn."

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