23/12/2011 05:39 GMT | Updated 23/12/2011 05:52 GMT

Robert Pattinson Leaves 'Twilight Behind', Stars in 'Bel Ami' (TRAILER)

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The final instalment of the much-adored Twilight saga is not in cinemas until late next year, but star Robert Pattinson is already setting his stern brow on an acting career that outlasts his popular vampire-dom.

Like his co-star Kristen Stewart, Pattinson will always have to live with the double-edged sword of phenomenal success they enjoyed with the Twilight series. But while Stewart has already received critical acclaim for her portrayal of Joan Jett in The Runaways, and is set to appear in another blockbuster next year - Snow White and the Huntsman - Pattinson's professional path appears less certain.

He has already appeared without his blood-sucking party trick, enjoying moderate success in the contemporary romantic drama Remember Me. Now he is set to appear in the ensemble period piece Bel Ami - testing his acting chops against other established stars Kristin Scott Thomas, Uma Thurman and Christina Ricci. Bel Ami is set in colourful Paris, at the height of the city's Belle Epoque, and Pattinson plays a love rat, which will test the loyalty of his Twi-hard flock.

Bel Ami is on the big screen next March, but in the meantime, you can watch the trailer above, and read the official blurb below...

Based on the novel by Guy de Maupassant, Bel Ami chronicles the rise of penniless ex-soldier Georges Duroy (Robert Pattinson) through the echelons of the 1890s Parisian elite and is a tale of ambition, power and seduction. Also starring Uma Thurman, Kristin Scott Thomas, Christina Ricci and ColmMeaney. Bel Ami is a timeless epic with a modern twist. A Dangerous Liaisons for a new generation.

Starring: Robert Pattinson, Uma Thurman, Kristin Scott Thomas, Christina Ricci and ColmMeaney.