Paul Giamatti May Join David Cronenberg’s ‘Cosmopolis’

Published 4 years ago by , Updated August 4th, 2013 at 3:51 am,

If Cosmopolis – a story about a 28 year-old billionaire who takes a jaunt across town just to get a haircut from a proper barber and ends up blowing his fortune – sounds peculiar, just remember it’s being brought to life by the guy who made movies about mutant children, evil gynecologists, and Jeff Goldblum as a giant insect.

David Cronenberg is the man behind the Cosmopolis film adapation and he’s already lined up Colin Farrell and Marion Cotillard to star in the film. Now it seems that Oscar-nominee Paul Giamatti may sign up for this strange cautionary tale as well.

According to The Playlist, Giamatti’s rep says that the actor is in active discussions to join the cast of Cronenberg’s Cosmopolis, but denies that a deal has been secured. The John Adams star signed on for The Hangover 2 recently, but his upcoming schedule is otherwise fairly open. Cosmopolis is unlikely to begin production for few months anyway, since shooting on the Total Recall remake is tentatively scheduled to begin by Spring 2011 and that could keep Farrell busy for the next while.

Cronenberg is currently in the midst of post-production on his latest collaboration with actor Viggo Mortensen, the Sigmund Freud pic A Dangerous Method, which will also prevent Cosmopolis from beginning production in the immediate future.

Viggo Mortensen in David Cronenbergs A Dangerous Method Paul Giamatti May Join David Cronenbergs Cosmopolis

Cosmopolis is an unorthodox horror tale that deals with the transformation of a character’s existence (a theme Cronenberg has explored throughout his filmmaking career) over the course of a single day. Farrell is set to play Eric Packer, the rich protagonist who cheats on his wife (Cotillard), is attacked by a bizarre assortment of individuals (stalkers, protesters, etc.), and finds his life spinning utterly out of control as his fortunes start to dwindle away.

No word yet on who Giamatti would portray in Cosmopolis or if he’ll play a central or supporting role in the film, but he’s a flexible character actor who can portray anything from a hammy, guns-blazing villain (Shoot ‘Em Up) to an officer of the law in a period piece (The Illusionist) and still be convincing. We have little doubt that he is up for whatever Cronenberg throws at him.

It’s also good to see Cotillard getting more work and sticking with projects that involve quality filmmakers. She was good as Leonardo DiCaprio’s deceased wife in Inception, but hopefully the actress will get to play a larger and more fleshed-out part in Cronenberg’s Cosmopolis.

We’ll keep you posted on the development of Cosmopolis.

Source: The Playlist

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  1. Awww man.. I was looking forward to Cronenbergs new film too. Guess I’ll be skipping this one now.

    • Is it Farrell you’re not keen on, Ants?

      • Dentist yea, and Giamati too, just never cared for either really, I just dnt think they are very good. Thats my opinion, I’m sure I’ll be told that I’m wrong lol.

        • Yeah, I think Farrell’s been okay in what I’ve seen him in, but he can have an air of smugness about him that grates. Giamatti’s been more of a background figure – about the only things I really remember him in were the Burton Apes fiasco and American Splendor. He was a good choice for Harvey Pekar but overall the film didn’t do a lot for me. Cronenberg always seems to get good non-showy performances out of his actors though, so I’m definitely interested.

          • Oh, I heard Giamatti’s supposed to be playing Philip K Dick in some kind of biopic. Hmm, not sure about that one!

            • Oh man, you killing me sir too early for that lol. His voice isn’t deep enough for Dick.

                • LOL that was pretty funny

  2. why do people hate him so much. i think he is a decent actor. he was good in tigerland.

  3. Marion cotillard is quickly becoming my favorite actress. I like giamatti. Not as much as some but the john adams miniseries was superb and american splendor is definitely my favorite movie he’s done so far. Colin farell is very hit or miss for me. I either love him (in bruges) or hate him (daredevil for example) so this would be something I need to see first.

  4. ehhh

    • LOL, is that a good, bad or indifferent ehhh, vlad? :-P