Robert Pattinson, the actor who won the hearts of teen girls the world over in "Twilight," is working to shed his teeny bopper reputation with some serious roles. Pattinson's next role will be something few "Twilight" fans will care to see, portraying the Army interrogator who spearheaded the capture of Saddam Hussein.
The movie is "Mission: Blacklist," based on the book by Eric Maddox called "Mission: Black List #1: The Inside Story of the Search for Saddam Hussein -- As Told by the Soldier Who Masterminded His Capture." Pattinson signed on to play the role of Maddox, based on the script by the film's producer Erik Jendresen.
While Pattinson is not the first choice many film fans would consider when casting a role like this, he is one of many young adult stars trying to make the transition into mainstream adult fare.
Daniel Radcliffe started acting as Harry Potter at the age of 11, starring as the famous boy wizard for the next 10 years. By the age of 21, the entire world fell in love with Radcliffe, making it hard for anyone to picture him in any other role, much less as an adult. During the "Harry Potter" franchise, he appeared in little outside of the young adult series, save some minor film roles and stage productions.
However, once "Harry Potter" finally bowed out of the multiplex, Radcliffe wanted to move on in his career, also leaving the popular wizard behind. His first movie was the 2012 horror film "The Woman in Black." While it seemed like it was just Harry Potter in another magical adventure, it was a very different change of pace, a moody, dark movie with a foreboding feel.
Radcliffe portrayed a father and widow on his way to deal with legal matters who finds himself in a small town with deep, dark secrets. To see the once youthful Radcliffe with facial hair playing the role of a grieving widow with a young son of his own was shocking. However, "The Woman in Black" remained a throwback to classic ghost stories and helped prove that maybe Radcliffe was ready to set out on a new journey.
"I think it will be a very big step for me as well, because I'm playing older for the first time," Radcliffe told MTV News. "I'm playing a dad [who] would have been about the age of 25, so yeah, it's a big forward for me in a lot of ways. So hopefully it will be successful."
"Twilight" was not Kristen Stewart's first movie. She appeared in some other pretty big films as a young actress, including David Fincher's "Panic Room" and the horror movie "The Messengers." However, once Stewart appeared for the first time as Bella Swan in the popular young adult adaptation, her career looked like it would never be the same.
One thing Stewart always strives for is to break the stereotypes people cast upon her. After the first two "Twilight" movies, she took a small break for something completely different, tackling the role of rocker girl icon Joan Jett in the band biopic "The Runaways."
It might have been a shock to her young female fans to see Stewart dive right into the role of one of classic rock's biggest female icons, including the world of drugs and debauchery that comes along with it. Starring alongside another famous child actress in Dakota Fanning, the two proved they were more than just the flavor of the day for childhood stardom.
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