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Pattinson quits Mission: Blacklist

Robert Pattinson has left Mission: Blacklist because of scheduling problems: Photo © Pattinson quits Mission: Blacklist Photo

Robert Pattinson has stood down from his role in the upcoming Saddam Hussein thriller Mission: Blacklist.

The Twilight star had been signed up to play military interrogator Eric Maddox who spearheaded Hussein's capture, but has exited the project because of scheduling issues, according to The Wrap.

R-Patz has just finished shooting Anton Corbijn's Life with Dane DeHaan and apparently felt that he didn't have enough time to prepare for the demanding role, leaving the filmmakers to recast the role so that they can start production in the autumn.

The movie is set to be directed by Jesper Ganslandt and is based on the book Mission: Blacklist #1 which was written by Eric Maddox and Davin Seay.

R-Patz has two films premiering at Cannes - David Cronenberg's Hollywood drama Maps To The Stars and David Michod's Australian-set thriller The Rover, which also stars Guy Pearce.

He is also set to star alongside Benedict Cumberbatch in action adventure The Lost City Of Z and Carey Mulligan in con thriller Hold On To Me.

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