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Robert Pattinson Considered for Lead Role in ‘American Idiot’ Film Adaptation

Billie Joe Armstrong and Robert Pattinson
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Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong has experienced smash success with the Broadway musical ‘American Idiot,’ adapted from the 2004 Green Day album of the same name — so it makes sense that he’d be considering A-list talent for the upcoming film adaptation. First on his list? ‘Twilight’ star and global heartthrob Robert Pattinson, whose iconically disheveled mane and awkward demeanor have earned his visage a space on the bedroom wall of Twi-hards worldwide.

MTV reports that though rumors are flying that Pattinson is being considered for the role, this news is actually a few years old — Armstrong told Spinner.com that he thought Pattinson would be a good fit for the role way back in April 2009, well before ‘Twilight’ mania had reached its fever pitch. “He’s a good actor,” Armstrong said. “There’s still more to come with that kid.”

Apparently, VH1 breathed new life into the quote by featuring it during a recent episode of ‘Pop Up Video,’ causing the ‘Twilight’ fanatics to start buzzing. But the film is still a long way off: ‘American Idiot’ remains in pre-production, with no casting announcements made just yet, and the flick would hit theaters no earlier than 2013.

Pattinson wouldn’t be a bad choice to play Christian, the male lead, given his well-established musical skills; MTV points out that Pattinson plays guitar and piano and composed several songs for the ‘Twilight’ soundtrack, though his rep recently denied that the actor is recording a solo album. Still, we’ll wait for official confirmation from Camp R-Patz before we start drafting any Edward Cullen/Green Day mashup fan fiction.

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