Eric Maddox and Robert Pattinson have been working on Mission Blacklist together.

Eric Maddox and Robert Pattinson have been working on Mission Blacklist together.

Robert Pattinson and Eric Maddox have gotten to know each other pretty well over the past few months, which stands to reason. Pattinson will play the former soldier in his new movie “Mission Blacklist.”

Maddox was the interrogator who helped find and capture Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein.

His subsequent book, “Mission: Blacklist #1,” is the basis for the new movie. He spoke recently before an audience of students at Oklahoma University, from which he graduated.

“Somebody wants to make a movie about my story – it’s very exciting,” Maddox told the crowd of about 300 in Oklahoma Memorial Union’s Molly Shi Boren Ballroom, according to a campus report.

Maddox said he has already met and gotten to know Pattinson, and is more than satisfied that the “Twilight” hunk will be playing him in the movie.

“He’s a great guy. When they brought his name up to me, I had never heard of him before,” he said. “I don’t believe in vampire movies and stories. I just didn’t know who he was.”

Maddox said he wore the same blue shirt for months while he searched for the Iraqi dictator near his hometown of Takrit. The shirt has a bigmouth bass embossed on it, Velcro pockets… and bloodstains.

“I’ve still got it [the shirt.] I think Rob is gonna wear it in the movie,” Maddox said.

Embarkment Films confirmed on its website that principal photography on “Mission: Blacklist” with begin this month, with an eye toward a Summer 2014 release. The film, however, will not be shot in Iraq.

Rob was spotted in Los Angeles yesterday, but likely will be leaving for the Middle East in the next few days. Follow TheImproper on Twitter to keep up on all the latest updates as Rob heads overseas for the movie.