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Robert Pattinson & Sean Penn Bringing 'Water for Elephants'?

Robert Pattinson & Sean Penn Bringing 'Water for Elephants'?

Sean Penn and Robert Pattinson are in talks to join Reese Witherspoon in the upcoming film Water for Elephants!

Variety reports that Francis Lawrence (I Am Legend) is set to direct the film, based on the story of the same name by Sara Gruen.

Water for Elephants is set during the Great Depression and tells the story of a Cornell veterinary student (Pattinson) who leaves school behind after his parents are killed.

The young man joins the Benzini Brothers circus and works as a vet for the circus animals.

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  • amy

    no, this kid needs to disappear already.

  • steph

    to quote Martin Lawrence: “shit just got real” nothing but love for Reese and Sean, Rob’s just a bonus. oh and, The Office reference, Andy!

  • Nicky

    Yes please.

  • Karena

    How can this be both fantastic news and horrible news all at once. Sean Penn is perfect, but Robert Pattinson is not right for that part AT ALL.

  • Dani


    Actually Rob can really act. I’ve only seen Twilight out of the two movies, but have seen him in The Haunted Airman, HP, and the obscure film Little Ashes–he was really good in Airman and Ashes. If Twlight doesn’t ruin his career as a serious actor, I think he has huge potential to be one of our great actors.

  • maka



    love Rob ^^

  • Jen

    Rob has been great on movies other than twilight so why now. Love to see him in something else

  • mel

    Great! Would love to see Robert.

  • Megan


  • april

    that stupid vampire dosen’t deserve to work with sean penn

  • lol

    Sean had to act with Brad Pitt so Rob Pattinson should be a step up from that snore.

  • hun81

    cant wait <3<3<3<3<3

  • sabina

    GOD!Please!….Let this BE!:)) Robert Pattinson sure is appreciated by the :big ones: in Hollywood … clearly, they see his potential. Stop being haters! You don’t know the man behind the screen – most of you haters get him wrong. I understand…you see his face every day and you just can’t understand what’s all the fuss about with this guy….he didn’t do anything that great to deserve this enormous fame… put aside the fact that maybe he didn’t expect it or wanted this in the first place…Yes, maybe you are right…but, give the man a chance to prove you wrong – maybe you are wrong!…think about it!…For me, the greatest proof that he isn’t a superficial,keen on making more money, blockbuster-extra-cash-no-art kind of actor is that he chose only movie-adaptations of great books. This is his moment, he is very famous … he could have chosen only movies that could only bring him more money – teen movies, but no, he decided to go for more complex, better actor required kind of movies…he is keen on building his career instead of making stupid decisions that could ruin him. Stop making assumptions…we don’t know anything about what is really happening in showbiz…that’s one crazy world right there…beeing famous isn’t that nice and paparazzi aren’t good people… they are “vampires” sucking on celebritie’s blood….don’t trust them…as a matter of fact…don’t trust the media, I mean most of it!

  • Macy

    I hope this happens. He’d be PERFECT. I love that book.

  • Anon

    why is this silly vampire kid being in talks with Sean Penn and Reese Whitherspoon…? what has he ever done in terms of acting? play a vampire! This is where looks can get you anywhere in this world because this dude is certainly not a good actor.

  • Pat

    Rob and sean would be perfect, but I don’t really see Reese as the woman in the book. I think she is a little old.

  • Karena

    How would he be perfect to play Jacob? I have absolutely nothing against Robert, but it doesn’t work at all. Joseph Gordon-Levitt would fit the books characterization of Jacob brilliantly.

  • lola

    i really hope so….robert ist really talented a great actor. so is sean. and reese is reese, a a wonderful actress.
    would love a movie with these 3 !

  • lola

    @Anon: did u see his other movies ??? i doubt that. bc then you would get why he’s being in talks with them. he is a great actor, deal with it.

  • zup

    @Karena: Yes, but they chose Rob. So get over it.

  • yawn

    Plot sounds boring and stupid.

  • bc

    Oh i see so many jealous are here! Whatever people! You really dont know what you are talking aboout!
    ROB is more than Twilight. He is really talented!
    Great story, great cast! Can’t wait..

  • shortpeopledate

    They look good together

  • Mario

    Reese Witherspoon is one of the most overrated actresses ever, she was really bad in her last 3-4 movies.

  • kat


    oh my little, he is not vampire! He’s play a vampire!!! and now he will play another great role! Just deal with it!

    It’s a great role for Rob. I hope it’s true!

  • So Judgemental

    NOOOOOO! Reese is not right for Marlene. Natalie Portman is perfect!

    And I was hoping for Quinto for August.. someone a bit more handsome and charming then Penn. August is a paranoid schizophrenic but it has to be believable that he was beautiful and charming enough to woo a young beautiful girl into marrying him and charm both the big top audiences in top hat and tails and Jacob.. no Sean!!

    I am bummed now. Hollywood always ruins the books.

  • So Judgemental

    Someone nailed it Joseph Gordon Levitt would be an excellent Jacob!

  • jolentini
  • tessx

    @So Judgemental:

    ugh!.. I dont think so!

    I think RPattz is great for Jacob but i’m not sure about Reese!

  • rocknmovies

    Yes! I hope it will come to fruitition. Time for Rob to leave Twilight behind him. He deserves better than Twilight.
    And Rob is not “the vampire kid”, he is a gorgeous young man, who happens to play a vampire, you know it’s a role, not his real self.

  • Karena

    @So Judgemental:

    I think we’re the only two people who actually read the book. I was going to state in my previous post that Natalie would be perfect.

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  • Rebecca

    So is Reese going to play Rob’s mother or the Big Chinned Lady that is part of the circus’s strange attractions. Otherwise she is way overrated and definitely not up to Sean Penn acting standards.

  • Tsangida

    Reese Witherspoon couldn’t tie Sean Penn’s shoelaces. I hope she doesn’t end up in this movie. She’ll ruin it. Tell her to go make Legally Blonde 16.

  • meme

    I think marlene suited with NP…and Jacob definitely Rob Pattinson….that’s was I thought when I read the book….
    please dont hate Rob Pattinson just because he’s famous and be Paparazi target rite now. give him his time to show his ability…
    Dont be biter, dont be hater…use our brain….

  • Yelena

    god, this guy is just handed everything without working for it

  • gale

    I think that Robert is a very talented actor.. He’s really working hard and i’m sure he will be goood!
    Just because you people hate twilight, doesn’t mean he can’t act!!
    Get a grip!

  • KS

    Nice cast.. talented actors, though I’m not a fan of Reese
    Go Rob!!!

  • natalie

    you don’t like reese but love are very funny.reese is won oscar but what about robert.he is only lucky because he is play romantic vampire (he can’t perfect act but thank books)and most important magazines attention on robert.actually robert is unlucky now because he not respond to peen’ acting.

  • So Judgemental

    Karena.. I have read the book like 4 times and the hubby just asked for it again for a second read. Love this book.

    How in the world are they going to handle all of the animal cruelty? I hope for the sake of the story it is just as brutal as the book to get the point across.. and will they keep the nudity and the coochie tent? LOL!

    After we had both read it we tried to play casting agent.. We both pictured someone brutal but handsome and charming as August..he thought Javier Bardem with an American accent or Hugh Jackman.. being a sylar fan girl I thought of Zachary Quinto.

    Marlene has to be small, petite, delicate.. I pictured Natalie Portman from the beginning.

    Jacob was harder.. if you could go back in time to when they were younger then Tobey Maguire (since Jacob is a red head) or Ryan Gosling could have pulled it off. But as for an actor today that would fit the age and look.. harder choice. But knowing Hollywood we both predicted Shia LaBeouf.. we never ever came up with Edward (that is the obvious HW way to cast it). I totally lost that bet!

    I knew they were going to @uck up the casting but good Lord Almighty! Reese, Sean and Robert? Oh well!

    In my mind where Dirk Pitt is NEVER played by Matthew McConaughy and Robert Redford doesn’t cast himself as the romantic lead in Horse Whisperer.. Water For Elephants will always be my leads..not Hollywood’s version.

  • cillian

    hope its gonna work out.
    im really curious what this vampire kid is capable of

  • http://justjared Becca

    Why does everyone only judge Robert by his role in Twilight. Twilight was his first opportunity for an American movie. He had no idea that he would be thrust into the role of being a teen heartthrob. Check out his filmology. He’s been in several movies, mostly independent films. Not only has he proven that he is a decent actor, but also his wide range of charactors, and the fact that he is not at all intimidated about taking on challenging if not risky roles. He deserves the chance to prove that he has a future beyond Twilight. I personally think that he has a successful career ahead of him, and I look forward to watching him grow as an actor.

  • T Shirts

    I didn’t know they were gay!

  • Granite

    With those two, it’ll be a remake of Dumb and dumber.

  • Dr NYC

    Now that would be a cast!

  • was a waterforelephant fan

    Reese Witherspoon, and Sean Penn is peferct for this marvelous novel; however Robert Pattinson, is the worst actor to pick for this role. Don’t get me wrong, Robert Pattinson is a great actor. He’s just don’t fit Jacob’s character, at all.
    Come on, if your going to comment on this at lest read the book, don’t think that he will be perfect for this role just because is good looking, or did a great job in the twiligt saga.

  • sabina

    @was a waterforelephant fan: it’s called being an actor, you know – beeing able to get into character…..How do you know that he isn’t going to fit in…the fact that you don’t see him as jacob it’s another story.Give the man a chance to prove you wrong, don’t be so quick in attaching a stigma on somebody.

  • Anthony

    If Robert Pattinson plays anything but a glittery flaming sideshow freak, the film adaptation of this wonderful novel will be shit covered in shit with a side of shit fries and a shit shake for dessert.

  • water softener filter

    Plenty makes dainty!

  • Techie

    I agree with Sabina, give this boy a chance to prove himself. As it is, he handling his fame very well and he chooses his role carefully. Based on his recent film remember me, Rob can act and has the potential to be a very good actor. He truly deserves all the good things coming his way. Those people who hate Rob, just keep your mouth shut please. Try to be objective about this young hardworking boy.