Since April last year, four different trailers for David Cronenberg’s skewed Hollywood riff, Maps To The Stars, have hit the web. It’s safe to say the deranged awe which has surrounded most of its advance critical spin has been heavily hinted at across those teasers, as well as various clips. Still, its official theatrical release will be upon us soon, and in the run up to its widespread debut a final full-length trailer and new one-sheet poster have arrived online (via Collider).
Storywise, the film explores the seedy world of Hollywood via Mia Wasikowska’s eager youngster, Agatha who earns her keep as personal assistant to Julianne Moore’s unhinged fading actress. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. There’s also a stream of interwoven narrative threads starring Robert Pattinson, John Cusack, and Olivia Williams, who each have a part to play in this ambitious tale. While critical reception has been mixed, this writer for one is excited to see Cronenberg’s twisted take on the industry.
Maps To The Stars arrives in theaters, On Demand and iTunes on February 27th.
Meet the Weiss family, who are making their way in Hollywood rife with money, fame, envy, and relentless hauntings. Stafford Weiss (John Cusack) is a famed TV self-help therapist with an A-list celebrity clientele. Meanwhile, Cristina Weiss (Olivia Williams) has her work cut out managing the career of their disaffected child-star son, Benjie (Evan Bird), a fresh graduate of rehab at age 13.
Yet unbeknownst to them, another member of the Weiss family has arrived in town – mysteriously scarred and tormented Agatha (Mia Wasikowska), just released from a psych ward and ready to start again. She soon works her way into a friendship with a limo driver (Robert Pattinson) and becomes personal assistant to unraveling actress Havana Segrand (Julianne Moore), who is beset by the ghost of her legendary mother, Clarice (Sarah Gadon). But Agatha is on a quest for redemption – and even in this realm of the artificial, and the unearthly, she’s determined to find it, no matter what it takes.