'The Haunted Airman,' televised in the U.K. in 2006, makes its Stateside debut next week.
Over the last year or so, he has become one of the most closely scrutinized celebrities in the entire world. Every time Robert Pattinson sneezes, it seems like 12 supermarket tabloids run a cover story. So, how is it that the "Twilight" saga superstar could be surprising his fans with a brand-new film that comes out next week?
"The Haunted Airman" premieres on DVD October 13, a release date that has taken even RPattz's most loyal fans (who've scrambled to see such little-known flicks as "How to Be" and "Little Ashes") by surprise. It has had little to no publicity on any of Rob's fan sites, and there is little written about the film online.
"This Halloween, 'Twilight' heartthrob Robert Pattinson takes a break from playing the vampire Edward Cullen and tries life as a human in a spine-tingling WWII-era ghost story," begins a press release sent to reporters this week announcing the film's impending release. "The supernatural thriller 'The Haunted Airman' stars Pattinson as a wounded Royal Air Force pilot tormented by psychological horrors and a slow descent into madness. Julian Sands ('Ocean's Thirteen,' '24') and Rachael Stirling ('The Young Victoria,' 'Still Crazy') add to the suspense with supporting roles. The film, based on the best-selling 1948 novel 'The Haunting of Toby Jugg' by Dennis Wheatley, premieres to U.S. audiences on DVD via E1 Entertainment on October 13."
Considering that even his not-made films are followed with a fervor, the big question is a simple one: Where did this "lost" Robert Pattinson movie come from? The answer may be as spooky as the ghost story itself.
Filmed five years ago, "The Haunted Airman" was one of Pattinson's first paid gigs as an actor and was shot in the U.K. as "The Haunting of Toby Jugg." The 68-minute movie aired on BBC television in October of 2006 — two years before "Twilight" would make Pattinson a household name. Cast in the title role, RPattz plays a disabled WWII soldier.
"Flight Lieutenant Toby Jugg, confined to a wheelchair after being wounded in combat, arrives at a remote mansion in Wales to recuperate," the new press release says of the film's plot. "Suffering terrible nightmares and visions, he suspects the methods of his psychiatrist, Dr. Hal Burns (Sands). Though his beautiful aunt Julia (Stirling) seems to be the only person he can trust, circumstances arise that cause him to doubt even her intentions. Is the lieutenant the victim of an eerie paranormal haunting, or a cruel conspiracy tied to his past?"
Although the release (and the film's artwork) is undoubtedly aimed at Rob's enormous "Twilight" fanbase, the movie features a much-younger-looking Pattinson.
"Just as the buzz for the Twilight saga's 'New Moon' begins to reach a fever pitch prior to its November premiere," the press release teases, " 'The Haunted Airman' — in the vein of blood-curdlers 'The Others' and '1408' — delivers Pattinson and otherworldly chills to his legions of fans!"