Considered one of the best films of the year released thus far, Joanna Hogg’s “The Souvenir” was pre-planned with a direct sequel in mind even before it debuted at Sundance.
In the first film, actress Honor Swinton Byrne stars as a young film student in the early 1980s who becomes romantically involved with a complicated and untrustworthy young man (Tom Burke) from the British Home Office.
It has received some of the year’s best notices for its exploration of a toxic relationship in which the abuse isn’t knock down drag out fights but rather from more everyday and unrelenting micro-aggressions and excuses for bad behaviour.
Little has been revealed about the second film beyond the plans to shoot it this year and that Robert Pattinson would be joining the film. Now though, those plans have been scuttled as Hogg now has to move forward on a sequel without Pattinson.
According to IndieWire, Pattinson has dropped out of the film due to a scheduling conflict and a representative for the actor says: “Despite Rob’s strong desire to do the film, scheduling proved impossible but he very much looks forward to working with Joanna on something down the line.”
Said conflict isn’t for Matt Reeves’ “The Batman” but rather Christopher Nolan’s “Tenet” which is filming later this year. With “The Souvenir” sequel kicking off shooting next month, the window crossed over with Nolan’s “Tenet” which prevents him from doing it. Hogg’s is still going forward for now so there’s no word as yet as to who will take on his role.