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Robert Pattinson plays a character who is caught up in the rise of fascism in Europe following WWI in 'The Childhood of a Leader.' But so far, no U.S. release date has been set. (Photo: Venice Film Festival)

Robert Pattinson plays a character who is caught up in the rise of fascism, according to a new trailer for ‘The Childhood of a Leader.’ So far, no U.S. release date has been set. (Photo: Venice Film Festival)

Robert Pattinson makes four brief appearances in the new film “The Childhood of a Leader,” but you wouldn’t know it from the hype he is getting from Web sites trying to game a new movie trailer to draw page views from Pattinson fans.

Among the sites that should know better is GossipCop, which claims Pattinson is a co-star. But he’s anything but.

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In the film’s credits, the co-stars are identified as Bérénice Bejo, Liam Cunningham, Stacy Martin and Yolande Moreau.

Newcomer Tom Sweet gets most of the screen time playing the film’s protagonist, Prescott, as a young boy. Pattinson plays a friend of the family, but his role is barely more than a cameo.

Bejo, Martin and Moreau get top billing in the film credits; Pattinson gets a secondary “with” listing. Believe it or not, how the actors appear in the credits has careful meaning.

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Still the “film will trick a few teenage girls into buying a ticket,” according to one critic. And Web sites aren’t missing out on hyping Pattinson’s role for their own click bait.

GossipCop, is apparently just as hungry for page views as the low-flying tabloid sites it routinely scolds.

The site, which should know better, fails to mention that Pattinson only plays a very limited role in the film.

The movie is produced and directed by Brady Corbet who is making his directorial debut.

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It’s loosely based on a 1939 Jean-Paul Sartre short story by the same name. John Fowles’s 1965 novel “The Magus” also influenced the screenplay.

The movie is set in France during and after World War I. If the character seems loosely familiar, it’s because the movie roughly parallels the rise of Adolf Hitler.

In one key distinction, Prescott is American. But he also grows up to become a fascist dictator.

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The film examines childhood experiences that may have influenced his rise to power, including the signing of the Treaty of Versailles, which ended World War I.

The Treaty had far more significance to Germany than the United States. Germany was humiliated by the pact. The nation was burdened by huge war reparations, leading to economic conditions that made the country ripe for a takeover by the Nazis Party.

Juliette Binoche, who was originally set to star in the film, later dropped out, claiming it was “too dark.”

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She was right about that.

The new trailer has the look and feel of “The Tin Drum,” the classic 1979 film adaptation of Günter Grass’s novel by the same name.

“The Tin Drum” won the Palme d’Or at the 1979 Cannes Film Festival.

“The Childhood of a Leader” was shot a year ago in January and debuted at the 72nd Venice Film Festival, where it caught the attention of critics.

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Corbet won for best director and best debut film, while the picture was nominated for a best film award.

The picture also screened at the Rotterdam Film Festival in April. It will be shown next at the BAMcinemaFest in New York City next month.

It’s still searching for a general release date in this country, so Robert Pattinson fans will just have to be patient.

In the meantime, check out the trailer below, let us know your thoughts and be sure to follow IM on Twitter for the latest Robert Pattinson news you can trust.


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