David Cronenberg has hired that strange looking chap Robert Pattinson to headline his upcoming futuristic thriller Cosmopolis. The movie is an adaptation of Don DeLillo's popular novel of the same name.

Pattinson is set to play Eric Packer, a financial whiz who risks his immense fortune by betting against the yen on one particularly chaotic day. His decisions eventually make him the target of an assassination in this intense study of futuristic capitalism. Most of the story takes place inside a limousine as Packer is transported from one location to another. It is not known how closely Cronenberg will stick to that storytelling technique on the screen.

Paul Giamatti and Marion Cotillard are suspected to be joining the cast as well.