The 22-year-old “Twilight” sensation Robert Pattinson is scheduled to begin shooting new Summit Entertainment project “Remember Me” this summer in New York while the actor is between Twilight sequels “New Moon,” which wraps at the end of May, and “Eclipse,” which starts in August.
Emmy-winning director Allen Coulter (“The Sopranos,” “Damages“) will direct, and Jenny Lumet, who penned the script for last year’s “Rachel Getting Married,” is working on a draft of the screenplay.
Pattinson will play the lead role in “Remember Me,” a story of a young couple whose burgeoning relationship is complicated by a succession of family tragedies that test their bond.
Summit co-chairman and CEO Patrick Wachsberger wouldn’t go into too much detail on the plot but described the film as this generation’s “Love Story,” the classic 1970 romance starring Ali MacGraw and Ryan O’Neal. The film’s producers have not yet decided on the actress who will play Pattinson’s love interest.
Landing the “Remember Me” lead marks the first major role for Pattinson since he rocketed to public adulation for his portrayal of vampire Edward Cullen in the “Twilight” franchise. He had been signed to appear alongside Rosario Dawson in “Parts per Billion,” but was forced to drop out due to his “New Moon” commitment. Pattinson will next be seen in the Salvador Dalí biopic “Little Ashes” he shot before “Twilight.”