James Marsh, the Oscar-winning director behind the documentary, Man on Wire, is at the helm, with the ever-brilliant Carey Mulligan starring in the lead.
“Pic is based on a true story about a femme fatale who with her boyfriend kidnaps and ransoms the town’s richest man. They bury him in a box and things go horribly awry. Pattinson plays the flashy supporting role of the woman’s life love, Jimmy, who isn’t involved in the crime.”
Marsh will be directing from a script formerly titled Nancy and Danny by rising young writer Brad Ingelsby, with Alexandra Milchan (Street Kings, The Wolf of Wall Street) producing alongside Indian Paintbrush’s Steven M. Rales (Moonrise Kingdom), Mark Roybal (No Country for Old Men), and Michael Pruss (the upcoming Cruise of the Gods).
Pattinson has a number of films on his slate for the New Year, including David Michôd’s The Rover, starring alongside Guy Pearce; Werner Herzog’s Queen of the Desert, starring as Col. T. E. Lawrence / Lawrence of Arabia alongside Naomi Watts; as well as Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire’s Mission: Blacklist, based on a true story in which Pattinson will star as the US military interrogator who discovered the location of Saddam Hussein in the hunt for Hussein in the early 2000s.
No word yet on exactly when Hold On To Me is set to go into production, but hopefully it will be early in 2013, because this is definitely a project to look forward to. With Mulligan in the lead, Pattinson in a strong and showy supporting role, and Marsh behind the camera, this looks set to be a sure thing. More as we get it.