After starting to act in a London theatre club at age 15, Pattinson began his film career by playing Cedric Diggory in the fantasy film Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005). He gained worldwide recognition for portraying Edward Cullen in The Twilight Saga film series (2008–2012), which grossed over $3.3 billion worldwide. After starring in the romantic dramas Remember Me (2010) and Water for Elephants (2011), Pattinson received critical acclaim for his performances in independent films from auteur directors. He starred in David Cronenberg’s thriller Cosmopolis (2012), David Michôd’s dystopian western The Rover (2014), James Gray’s adventure drama The Lost City of Z (2016), the Safdie Brothers’ crime drama Good Time (2017), Claire Denis’ science-fiction drama High Life (2018), and Robert Eggers’ psychological horror film The Lighthouse (2019).
He returned to mainstream films with a leading role in Christopher Nolan’s spy film Tenet (2020), and will star as the DC Comics superhero Batman in Matt Reeves’ film The Batman (2022).