Exclusive: Robert Pattinson In Talks To Play An Infamous Serial Killer

Robert Pattinson is set to play one of the most diabolical serial killers of all time.

By Drew Dietsch | Updated

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Robert Pattinson is the kind of actor that brings a truly unique and captivating presence to every project he attaches himself to. If you only know him from his time as Edward Cullen in the Twilight series, you are missing out on a number of fascinating character actor performances from the young thespian. And thanks to our inside source – the same one that gave us our confirmed scoop about Josh Brolin returning to the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Thanos – we now can report that Pattinson is currently in talks to play one of the most diabolical serial killers in the history of the United States.

Our insider has given us credible information that Robert Pattinson is currently in talks to portray real-life serial killer H.H. Holmes in Martin Scorsese’s The Devil in the White City. The series is based on the novel of the same name by Erik Larson and details the concurrent events surrounding the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition and the truly heinous serial murders of H.H. Holmes. Leonardo DiCaprio bought the film rights to the book back in 2010 and has been trying to produce a film version with Scorsese as the director ever since then. It looks like it might finally be getting off the ground as a series for Hulu.

And Robert Pattinson might have a big part to do with the project moving forward. While he has not been officially cast yet, it does look like the actor is in official talks for the role. It would definitely be in Robert Pattinson’s wheelhouse. He has a penchant for playing oddball characters and Holmes is one of the oddest. Often described as very charming, Holmes is usually credited as the first modern serial killer in American history. He also has the truly twisted distinction of crafting an elaborate “Murder Castle” that he placed his victims in. This is definitely a case where the truth might be stranger than fiction, but it is a story that begs to be seen in the art form of cinema.

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Playing H.H. Holmes would certainly provide some exciting whiplash for Robert Pattinson. His next high-profile role will be as Bruce Wayne/Batman in Matt Reeves’ The Batman. Going from portraying one of the most famous heroes of all time to one of the most infamous murderers in history is the kind of choice that makes Pattinson such an exciting actor. And there is no question he has the chops to bring H.H. Holmes to life. For many audiences, it could be their first real exposure to Holmes and his unbelievably wicked deeds.

When we do see Robert Pattinson as H.H. Holmes in The Devil in the White City, you can remember that it was Giant Freakin Robot that broke the news first. Of all the scoops we have run so far, we are the most excited about this one. The idea of Pattinson teaming up with the legendary Martin Scorsese sounds like a dream come true. And to see him play such a horrific real-world villain is the cherry on top. Here’s hoping those talks solidify and we can see Pattinson in the role.