Actor Robert Pattinson onstage during the 2011 MTV Movie Awards...

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

The star of the soon-to-end "Twilight" franchise is set to play Eric Maddox, the U.S. solider who helped capture Saddam Hussein, in the upcoming thriller, "Mission: Blacklist," according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The film is based on Maddox's lengthily titled 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 Iraq president to his so-called spider-hole in Tikrit on Dec. 13, 2003.

"Mission: Blacklist" would mark a major change of pace for Pattinson, whose roles outside "Twilight" have been mostly suave or sensitive types. His previous films include the 9/11-themed "Remember Me" and the Depression-era drama, "Water For Elephants," neither of which were major hits. Coming up, he'll play a 19th-century Frenchman in "Bel Ami" and a decadent playboy in David Cronenberg's "Cosmopolis."

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

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