Exciting news for David Cronenberg fans: The Canadian auteur is back with a new film called Maps to the Stars. The film was written by novelist and screenwriter Bruce Wagner, who’s not exactly a fan of Hollywood. According to Wikipedia, it’s a satire/drama, but looking at this first trailer it seems a lot darker than that. Cronenberg’s last two films (A Dangerous Method and Cosmopolis) have been incredibly dialogue-heavy, but this looks like it could be a return to old school Cronenberg. I mean it’s not going to be body-horror, but it could be a thriller.
Looking at this trailer it reminded me a little bit of David Lynch’s Mulholland Dr., which is a fascinating film about film and the industry. I love movies set in Hollywood, there’s a built-in tone and feel that is slightly uncomfortable, but also addicting. There’s almost a nightmarish quality to it. Hollywood is supposed to be where dreams are created, but these types of movies sort of revert that and turn it on its head building a “contradicting” atmosphere that somehow just seems wrong (for lack of a better term).
According to Screen Rant, it’s about “the plight of two former child-stars, while commenting on the entertainment industry’s relationship with western civilization as a whole”. It’s a low-budget film ($15 million), but it stars some pretty great actors like: Mia Wasikowska, Julianne Moore, John Cusack, Olivia Williams, Sarah Gadon and Robert Pattinson. More than anything I really like the mood of this first trailer. The film will premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in May and hopefully be available for everyone else very soon as well.
I’m a big fan of that cast. Mia Wasikowska is slowly, but surely becoming one of my favorite actresses. Julianne Moore is great, obviously and it’s also good to see John Cusack in something that looks good for a change. Robert Pattinson, I mean if you still have any doubts about him as an actor: Watch Cosmopolis. He is amazing in that one. Even though Cronenberg’s last two films weren’t exactly home runs, before that he directed Eastern Promises, which remains one of my favorites of his. Anyone else looking forward to this?