[Teaser] – Cosmopolis

23 Mar

 

David Cronenberg has been joined by Viggo Mortensen in each of his last three films (A History of Violence, Eastern Promises and last year’s great A Dangerous Method). And while all of those films have been pretty damn exceptional, I think we’ve all been wanting for him to go back to his weirder, crazier roots; and by the looks of the just released NSFW teaser which you can watch above, it looks like his next effort, Cosmopolis, might be the one to achieve that.

The film is an adaptation of Don DeLillo‘s novel, and if you’ve read DeLillo you know he’s an author with a very definitive sort of voice, so seeing what a filmmaker with a very definitive voice of his own like Cronenberg would do with the material will definitely be very interesting.

The other thing to note is that the film does indeed star Robert Pattinson, which may just be a casting coup that proves to be quite genius. People connect him to the Twilight films, obviously, but when you listen to him talk you get the sense that he wants to do more with his work, and that he’s not that fond of Twilight himself (though personally I think those films have been improving a bit). But yeah, it looks as though he could potentially be great in this film; and he’ll bring all of the Twi-hards to the theater to see a dark and sexual Cronenberg flick, and those reaction thoughts would be priceless.

This really does seem like Cronenberg going back to the territory of Crash and eXistenZ, and I couldn’t be happier about that. The film follows Eric Packer, a young billionaire who we’ll follow around for a whole day in which he originally was set to just get across Manhattan to get a haircut but so much more ends up happening. And this teaser is just fucking incredible, it looks like vintage Cronenberg, and it looks as though Mr. Pattinson may have just succeeded in shedding the glittery vampire image.

Directed and written by Mr. Cronenberg, adapting from the Don DeLillo novel; starring Mr. Pattinson alongside Paul Giamatti, Samantha Morton, Sarah Gadon, Mathieu Amalric, Juliette Binoche, Jay Baruchel and Kevin Durand. Not release date yet, but let’s hope for a Cannes premiere so we can get word soon about how awesome this is soon enough.

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