Pattinson bites into 'Twilight'

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Robert Pattinson has joined the cast of "Twilight," Summit Entertainment's teen-vampire thriller.

Pattinson will play the role of Edward, a teenager who leads a double life as a vampire and becomes romantically involved with his nonvampire high school classmate Bella (Kristen Stewart). Catherine Hardwicke ("Thirteen") is directing the film, which is set to go into production in early 2008, from a script by Melissa Rosenberg ("Step Up").

The movie is based on Stephanie Meyer's best-selling young-adult novel. Meyer penned two sequels, and Summit is hoping to turn the property into a film franchise.

Summit head of production Erik Feig said that the project fit squarely with the company's larger slate. "Youth-oriented movies are definitely a major part of our business," he said. "Willie Sutton said he robed banks because that's where the money was, and you can say the same of these kinds of movies since young people are the ones who go to the movies every weekend." The company, which is also focusing on older-skewing projects across many genres, had picked up "Twilight" in turnaround from Paramount.

Pattinson, who played the Cedric Diggory role in several "Harry Potter" movies, is also cast as Salvador Dali in "Little Ashes," the APT Films production about Spanish artists, writers and filmmakers in the 1920s.

Summit has been bulking up it productions and acquisitions as it launches its debut slate. Last month it opened thriller "P2" and next year is set to release the high-profile acquisition "The Brothers Bloom," the Rian Johnson film about a series of con jobs. Summit is also in production on the martial arts film "Never Back Down."
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