Thursday, August 13, 2009

Brett Ratner Wants 'Twilight' Star Robert Pattinson For 'Youngblood' Movie

Robert Pattinson and his brooding "Twilight" alter ego might not be the first things that come to mind when contemplating the casting for Brett Ratner's upcoming, big-screen adaptation of the superhero series "Youngblood," but that's exactly whose name the filmmaker dropped when asked if he had any actors in mind.

"Definitely [Robert Pattinson] from 'Twilight,'" Ratner told MTV News when asked if he has his eye on any potential "Youngblood" actors at this point. "He just feels like he belongs in that world. I don't only see him as a vampire, he's a really good actor."

Given the roster of the comic book's team, Pattinson's leading-man resume and Ratner's previous comments about the "Youngblood" storyline, it's not too difficult to guess which role Ratner has in mind for the "Twilight" star.

The series, which was conceived by "Deadpool" co-creator Rob Liefeld, chronicled the adventures of a government-funded team of superheroes who dealt with with supervillain-level danger and super-sized drama, all while constantly remaining in the public eye. The team was led by a former FBI agent and expert marksman codenamed "Shaft"—one of the focal points for the film and the most likely character for Pattinson to play.

"[Pattinson] could do anything. He just has that look," said Ratner. "I picture him on Youngblood, for sure."

As for where the project stands these days, the "X-Men: The Last Stand" filmmaker said the script is still being written, and the mature themes of the source material—which often served as a commentary on politics, government and the nature of celebrity—will find their way into the screenplay.

"My vision for it is: We're going to make a very edgy, cool film," explained Ratner. "We're not soft-peddling it at all."


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