David Cronenberg‘s Maps To The Stars has struggled to get out of the gate since 2006, but now that the proverbial carrot of Rachel Weisz has been dangled in front of it — it’s off like the clappers! Weisz will join previous Cronies Viggo Mortensen and Robert Pattinson for an outing Cronenberg suggests will be “very extreme.” Bring your sick bags.
The film, penned by Bruce Wagner, is set to concern two child actors ruined by Hollywood’s depravity. While the cast of characters will undoubtedly be Hollywood types; actors, agents, dog stylists, Cronenberg insists the film will be “acerbic and satirical” and bugger all like Robert Altman’s The Player, a satiric send-up of tinseltown.
No word yet as to who Weisz, Mortensen and Pattinson will play in the pic but considering Mortensen’s previous ventures with Cronenberg he’ll likely indulge in graphic sex and violence with an indiscernible foreign accent.
With a script by the chap who wrote A Nightmare On Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors there’s the possibility for Cronenberg’s body-horror leanings to re-emerge too — who doesn’t miss those pesky viagra turds from Shivers?
Rachel Weisz has delivered a slew of dark characters (her vitriolic performance in Neil LaBute’s The Shape Of Things is outstanding) which suggests she’ll fit right in to whatever dark paths Cronenberg chooses to venture down (there’ll be sex and death, most likely.)
Shooting is scheduled to start May next year in Los Angeles, making this Cronenberg’s first film shot in the U.S. We’ll keep you posted as more casting details are revealed.
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