‘Cosmopolis’ Teaser: Robert Pattinson Takes a Walk on the Wild Side [Updated]

Published 2 years ago by , Updated March 22nd, 2012 at 11:00 am,

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[UPDATE: We've added the official Cosmopolis poster.]

When he’s not decked out in pale makeup and hair gel to play vampire Edward Cullen in the Twilight movies, Robert Pattinson has generally preferred to work on more “challenging” indie flicks like Little Ashes and Bel Ami. However, the most recent addition to Pattinson’s indie resume is a film that truly deserves to be labeled “edgy” and “risque”: David Cronenberg’s Cosmopolis.

An international teaser trailer has been released for Cosmopolis, which sees Cronenberg directing from his own screenplay (based on Don DeLillo’s 2003 novel) and working with a cast headlined by Pattinson, alongside such supporting players as Paul Giamatti, Jay Baruchel, Samantha Morton, Juliette Binoche, Kevin Durand, and Sarah Gadon – all in a story that’s pretty warped, to say the least.

Check out the Cosmopolis international teaser (which is NSFW) followed by an unofficial synopsis:

DeLillo’s novel follows a day in the life of 28-year old billionaire Eric Packer, who travels across Manhattan in order to get a haircut from his preferred barber. Through a series of chance encounters with his wife, strange individuals, and his own costly financial miscalculations, Packer begins to see his world of wealth and privilege in an entirely new and unpleasant light.

There’s a whole lot of surreal and disturbing imagery packed into that thirty seconds of Cosmopolis footage, to say the least. Cronenberg’s latest looks like a sort of darker character study mixed with elements of the “body horror” genre that’s long been his focus as a filmmaker (see: The Fly, Dead Ringers, Crash, etc.). Similarly, there’s a 1980s satirical vibe to the proceedings that recalls his work on Videodrome, while the existential aspects of Eric Packer’s single-day odyssey bear a resemblance to those explored in Cronenberg’s Spider adaptation. Color us intrigued to see how Cronenberg’s latest symphony of madness plays out in full, for those reasons.

UPDATE: Check out the official poster for Cosmopolis:

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Cosmopolis has yet to secure an official U.S. theatrical release date, but that should change in the near future. As always, we will keep you posted.

Source: Best for Film, Cinerepublic

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  1. did he just shoot himself in the hand!?!

  2. Typical Cronenberg material ..shock and awe through violence and sex..

    Not knocking it but this will probably be the kind of film that gets in your head like Requiem for a Dream, American Psycho and Donnie Darko..

  3. Wow stabbing some guy in the head. No thanks too much for me.

  4. classic cronenberg, nice. this has moved up on my list.

  5. Cronenberg. I’m in. The man’s honed his skills sufficiently to move away from the overt “body horror” oeuvre he helped create and into the realms of the psychological. He started doing it properly with Crash, and there are definitely shades of JG Ballard’s bleak emotional detachment, dystopian urban landscapes and nameless obsessions about DeLillo’s novel. I can see why he’s gone for this one.

    • Hey Big D… As eloquent as ever with the written word… it will probably get in my head when I watch it which is a true testament to the power of a film and it’s director’s vision

      Cheers :)

      • Thanks, greenknight! Good to see ya.

  6. looks weird, so i’ll def check it out!

  7. what the hell?