This year's 2012 Cannes Film Festival will showcase films from "Twilight" power couple Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart. Both "On the Road" and "Cosmopolis" will premiere at the prestigious event, allowing the actors to distance themselves from their vampire alter-egos. Both Stewart and Pattinson (aka Robsten) are starring in a number of intriguing new projects from big budget blockbusters to offbeat indies. Here is a guide to their upcoming films.
"On the Road"
Release Date: May 23, 2012 (Cannes Film Festival)
Plot: Based on the iconic beatnik novel by Jack Kerouac, the star studded indie is set to compete for the esteemed Palme d'Or award at Cannes. The film follows Sal Paradise (Sam Riley), who embarks on a cross-country road trip after the death of his father. Along the way, he and his friend Dean Moriarty (Garrett Hedlund) encounter a fascinating array of characters. This includes a newly married 15-year-old girl named Marylou (Stewart).
Reasons To See It: The first successful on-screen adaptation of the cult classic story stars such accomplished actors as Viggo Mortensen, Amy Addams, and Kirsten Dunst.
Release Date: May 25, 2012 (Cannes Film Festival)
Plot: The film will debut at Cannes this year and compete for the Palme d'Or (against Stewart's film "On the Road"). Directed by "body horror" filmmaker David Cronenberg it chronicles a day in the life of a 28-year-old billionaire named Eric Parker (Pattinson). Based on the eccentric Don DeLillo novel, the film is a strikingly imaginative portrayal of sex, violence, and New York nightlife.
Reasons to See It: The film allows Pattinson to break away from his tween persona and take on an unconventional adult role. Though Cronenberg's films are not for everyone, they seldom prove dull. With a cast that includes Juliette Binoche, Paul Giamatti, and Samantha Morton, "Cosmopolis" may be one of the most thought-provoking films released this year.
"Snow White and the Huntsman"
Release Date: June 1, 2012
Plot: An obscure spin on the classic grim fairytale "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs", the action packed drama is one of the most anticipated films of the summer. It focuses on the relationship between Snow White (Stewart) and the huntsman instructed to kill her (Chris Hemsworth). Unable to take her life, the Huntsman trains Snow White to become a warrior with the power to kill the Evil Queen (Charlize Theron).
Reasons to See It: After the failure of "Mirror Mirror", audiences are in need of a decent reimagining of the classic story. Furthermore, the trailer promises visually stunning scenes and inventive fight sequences. Since most of the summer blockbusters this year are male driven, "Snow White and the Huntsman" offers a rare female centered narrative. "Bel Ami"
Release Date: June 8, 2012