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People Staff
January 28, 2009 09:50 AM

Twilight star Robert Pattinson can’t always play a vampire heartthrob.

In his next movie, Little Ashes, set in 1922 and described by Variety as an “arty Bohemian romp,” the London-born actor, 22, plays Spanish surrealist painter (1904-1989) Salvador Dalé as a young man – in love with the poet Federico Garcéa Lorca, played by Javier Beltran.

The two meet at university, with Lorca attracted to what the movie’s production notes call Dalé’s “bizarre blend of shyness and rampant exhibitionism.” Hey, beats a bite in the neck.

Little Ashes opens in late March.
Stephen M. Silverman

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