Jeff Labrecque
May 20, 2009 AT 06:00 PM EDT

Twilight hunk Robert Pattinson will star in Bel Ami, an adaptation of a Guy de Maupassant short story scheduled to film in Paris next year. The British actor told Variety in Cannes that he’ll play “a totally amoral character” who ruthlessly rises to power in French society. British theater director Declan Donnellan is attached to make his film debut.

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