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Robert Pattinson exits Saddam Hussein thriller

Actor Robert Pattinson has bowed out of the upcoming Saddam Hussein-related thriller Mission: Blacklist.

The Twilight star was slated to play the lead role in the film about the hunt for fallen Iraqi dictator Hussein, but he has dropped out of the project due to scheduling issues, according to TheWrap.com.

Pattinson has been attached to the film as real-life military interrogator Eric Maddox since May, 2012. Maddox spearheaded the hunt for Hussein in 2003, and wrote the book that inspired the film project.

After Pattinson's role is recast, filmmakers hope to start production this autumn (14).

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