Robert Pattinson, best known as the brooding vampire Edward Cullen in the Twilight Saga, takes on the role of a veterinary student who joins the circus following the tragic loss of his parents in Water for Elephants. Co-starring Reese Witherspoon as a performer Pattinson falls in love with and Christoph Waltz as her abusive husband, Water for Elephants is a dramatic tale of desperate times and desperate people.
In this video courtesy of 20th Century Fox, Pattinson discusses the appeal of the project, working with an elephant, and starring in a film set in the 1930s.
Movie Synopsis: A veterinary student from the wrong side of the tracks, Jacob, meets and falls in love with Marlena, a star performer in a circus of a bygone era. They discover beauty amidst the world of the Big Top, and come together through their compassion for a special elephant. Against all odds – including the wrath of Marlena’s charismatic but dangerous husband August – Jacob saves Marlena from an unhappy life and they find lifelong love.