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Robert Pattinson is gearing up to play a real American hero, and no we aren't talking about Edward Cullen.
The 25-year-old actor Twilight star -- who also headlines the upcoming films Bel Ami and Cosmopolis -- continues to diversify his resume: He's just signed on to star in Mission: Blacklist, playing the real-life military interrogator who led the 2003 mission that resulted in the capture of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.
Pattinson will play Eric Maddox, who along with David Seay, wrote the book Mission: Black List #1 about the famed mission. Band of Brothers writer Eric Jendresen will adapt the screenplay from Maddox's book, and Jean-Stephane Sauvaire is set to direct.
"Mission: Blacklist is a gripping, edge of your seat thriller," producer Ross M. Dinerstein said in a statement. "I have been inspired by Robert and Jean-Stephane's dedication to tell this story in the most authentic way possible."
The film will be sold at the Cannes Film Market later this month, right around the same time that Cosmopolis premieres at the Cannes Film Festival.
Though this role is a big departure from anything Pattinson has tackled in the past, we haven't said goodbye to Edward Cullen just yet. The final Twilight Saga film, Breaking Dawn -- Part 2, is set to hit theaters on Nov. 16. Still, it seems like Pattinson will be saying goodbye to his heartthrob status for a little while after that. And if he keeps picking roles as interesting as this one, we can't complain -- even if we will miss seeing R-Pattz in full-on romantic smoldering mode.