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Robert De Niro and Robert Pattinson sign on for 'Idol's Eye'

Robert De Niro (pictured at left) and Robert Pattinson (pictured at right)
Robert De Niro (pictured at left) and Robert Pattinson (pictured at right)Getty Images

Robert De Niro and Robert Pattinson are set to co-star in the action thriller "Idol's Eye." Benaroya Pictures, which is producing the movie, made the announcement on May 27, 2014.

According to a Benaroya Pictures press release: "Charles Gillibert developed and produced the project with CG Cinema, Bluegrass Films’ Scott Stuber, Film 360’s Scott Lambert, Alexandra Milchan and Michael Benaroya, with Ben Sachs executive producing for Benaroya Pictures. The film is scheduled to begin principal photography in October [2014] in Chicago and Toronto. The plot elements are currently under wraps, but it has been described as a sophisticated, heist action/thriller."

Pattinson is also co-starring in another movie for Benaroya Pictures: "Queen of the Desert," directed by Werner Herzog and also starring Nicole Kidman, James Franco and Damian Lewis. "Queen of the Desert" is expected to be released sometime in 2015.

Meanwhile, Pattinson has given his most extensive interview so far about how his life has been since breaking up with Kristen Stewart, his co-star in the "Twilight" movies. The interview is in The Hollywood Reporter's issue dated June 6, 2014.

Stewart and Pattinson were an on-again/off-again couple from 2009 to 2013. In mid-2012, they broke up after an infidelity scandal in which Stewart was caught on camera kissing her "Snow White and the Huntsman" director Rupert Sanders, who was married at the time. Even though Stewart issued a public apology, and she and Pattinson reunited a few months later, their relationship ultimately did not last.

In The Hollywood Reporter interview, Pattinson said that he still keeps in touch with Stewart but did not elaborate.

He was much more open about how he has been downsizing his life in Los Angeles since the split. According to The Hollywood Reporter: "He recently sold the 1922 Los Feliz mansion that he bought for $6.27 million about three years ago because he felt engulfed by its sheer size. Since then, he has shacked up in a rented place within a gated community in Coldwater Canyon. His decor is decidedly bare-bones: He moved in with just three inflatable mattresses and one chair.

Pattinson commented to The Hollywood Reporter about his former house: "It was too big a house. It was incredible, like Versailles. It was absolutely, completely crazy. It had this incredible garden, but you just stay in one room, anyway. I could basically live in a cell as long as I had a window."

Even during the height of "Twilight" movie mania, Pattinson (who says he hasn't had a vacation in years) kept busy doing low-budget independent films. He has not changed that preference since the end of his "Twilight" stint.

His 2014 movies are the action thriller "The Rover" and the drama "Maps to the Stars." For "Maps to the Stars," he reteamed with his "Cosmopolis" director David Cronenberg. Pattinson also completed the drama "Life," whose release date is to be announced.

As for De Niro, he continues to do a mix of studio films and independent films. His next movie due for release is the 2015 biopic "Hands of Stone," in which he plays Ray Arcel, the trainer of boxing champ Roberto Duran. The release date for "Hands of Stone" is to be announced.