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Robert Pattinson Spared From Filming in Dangerous Iraq

Earlier Reports Claimed He Would Film Mission Blacklist There

Mission-Blacklist-posterRobert Pattinson won’t be heading into harm’s way in Iraq after all, when he starts filming “Mission Blacklist” about Saddam Hussein’s capture during the Iraq War, according to sources.

Rob will be jumping out of his current picture, “The Rover,” and right into filming his psychological thriller.

Principal production is scheduled to start as soon as April, studio Embankment Films has announced on its website.

A source confirms to TheImproper that the movie won’t be shot in Iraq as originally reported. The film will likely do its location shooting in Morocco or Jordan.

A number of period desert films have been shot the North African country, including 2001’s “Black Hawk Down.” In the last few years, Michael Patrick King’s “Sex and the City 2,” Disney’s “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time,” and “Inception” have been filmed there.

But Director Kathryn Bigelow chose to film her Oscar-winning Iraq war epic, “The Hurt Locker,” in Jordan. She wanted to be as close to Iraq as possible, while avoiding the war-torn country. “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade” also filmed in Jordan in 1988.

Reports surfaced last November that Pattinson, 26, would film at least some portions of “Mission Blacklist” in western Iraq. Conditions are still tense there and sectarian killings by suicide bombers are still almost an everyday occurrence.

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The U.S. military presence in Iraq ended in December a year ago and British troops left the country ahead of them.

At the time, Rob revealed that his family opposed having him filming in the country, but later relented. “My parents seem to be coming around to it now,” he told MTVNews. “That’s strange. I don’t know what happened.”

In “Mission Blacklist,” the British actor will star as Sgt Eric Maddox, who leads the hunt for the dictator that leads up to his capture. The movie is based on a book by Maddox.

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It’s unknown whether the movie will deal with controversial interrogation techniques approved by the Bush administration, including “water-boarding.” Many of the techniques have been deemed forms of torture.

“The Rover” is a western set in futuristic post-apocalyptic Australia. Pattinson plays Rey, a robber who is wounded and abandoned by his gang during a hold up. His victim, played by Guy Pearce, forces him to track down the gang to recover his stolen stuff.

Mission Blacklist is scheduled for release in Summer 2014.

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  • LOLa

    Callense la boca malditas krisbian lesbiana, rob ha trabajado mucho y es buen actor, dejenlo en paz, vayanse con su puta rompehogares, destruye familias.

  • Mi

    I’m waiting for this film,it will be interesting to see him as an interrogator,it will be completely different charecter to play.And Robstens/Krisbians it’s article about his future role,so stay away from this with your”unbroken love” drama,I’m sure no one of you gonna see any of Robert’s movies.

  • Dela

    Glad he is not going to that hell hole ,it’s not safe. Yes he is filming several films back to back but if we never get to see them in the cinema , why film and how can it make money. He has his career only because Kristen gave him his big start. Thanks to her he has become rich and famous. What he is doing to her now is beyond cruel . This girl has been punished enough. If they both continue with this nonsense they may just loose their fan base and that means MONEY!as for Liberty Ross, what a great role model she is for her children. Nude photos of their mother for the world to see. Trash..trash!

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  • carol

    I’M waiting to see how this movies turn out! For one the last two movies was not very good. But I will keep seeing his movies . But as far as who is a break out star. We have to think back to when Kristen Stewart said in one her interviews that he was the one.And she said she fought to get him in.Yes I know everybody thinks he is hot but please hot don’t make a good movies. sorry

  • Kell

    This book is amazing and I can’t wait to see what Rob does with the character. He’s moving on to bigger and better things. While neither of his co-stars have any films shooting, Rob is filming one after the other in 2013. I guess we can all see who the break out star of that cast is.

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