Robert Pattinson, who has two films in the can, is about to embark on a psychological thriller based on the Eric Maddox book about the campaign to capture Saddam Hussein following the invasion of Iraq.

Rob will likely play the central character, Sergeant Eric Maddox, who hunts for the dictator, mainly through a progressive series of interrogations, learning about himself as well as his captors during the ordeal.

It’s unknown whether the movie will deal with controversial interrogation techniques approved by the Bush administration, including “water-boarding.” Many of the techniques have been deemed forms of torture.

Saddam’s location is pinpointed just as Maddox’s tour winds to a close in Dec. 2003. Hussein was found hiding in a hole and was ultimately hanged for war crimes.

The project has some heavyweights behind it. Erik Jendresen, best known as a writer and producer on “Band of Brothers,” the hit HBO series about an Army unit in World War II, will adapt the book for the big screen.

Director Jean-Stephane Sauvaire has worked mainly on independent films as a second assistant director. He has five directing credits, including one film, a documentary and three short films. His full feature, “Johnny Mad Dog,” is about child soldiers in Africa.

“This movie is a gripping, edge-of-your-seat thriller,” producer Ross M. Dinerstein said in a statement. “I have been inspired by Robert and Jean-Stephane’s dedication to tell this story in the most authentic way possible.”

Rob has expressed a desire to continue doing indie films and he also has said he is looking for different roles that challenge him as an actor. This film seems to fit the bill on both counts.

His last two projects, the David Cronenberg film “Cosmopolis,” will premiere at Cannes this month. His period piece “Bel Ami,” based on the 19th century novel by the same name, will see a limited release and go to pay per view.

Pattinson will also make one more turn as vampire Edward Cullen in the final chapter of the “Twilight” series. “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2,” will hit theaters this fall.

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