Pattinson and Mortensen Could Re-Unite with Cronenberg for ‘Maps to the Stars’

Published 3 years ago by , Updated February 15th, 2014 at 10:00 pm,

Filmmaker David Cronenberg has never shied away from difficult subject matter. In films such as Videodrome, eXistenZ, and A History of Violence, the director has explored profound themes such as identity, reality versus illusion, and the implications of merging technology with the organic. His distinctive, often bizarre visual style gives his work a visceral punch that few others can match. Though some of his movies are more explicit than others, they all have a strong undercurrent of weirdness, and Cronenberg’s long-anticipated Hollywood critique, Maps to the Stars, is no exception.

The script is supposedly so edgy and off-kilter that no studio has picked it up, despite the filmmaker’s half-decade-long quest to get it made. However, recent rumors suggest the possible involvement of previous Cronenberg collaborators Robert Pattinson and Viggo Mortensen, whose combined star power may just be enough to finally get the project off the ground.

Twilight star Robert Pattinson seems to be making a valiant effort to distance himself from his role as Edward in the vampire saga, having picked up an eclectic variety of roles over the past few years. Though opinions of his actual acting talent vary considerably, he was nevertheless cast as the lead in Cronenberg’s most recent film, Cosmopolis, which just premiered at the Cannes Film Festival.

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Pattinson and Sara Gadon in Cronenberg's 'Cosmopolis'

Cosmopolis charts the collapse of a young billionaire’s (Pattinson) business empire over the course of a day, and is essentially one long odyssey across New York City. In classic Cronenberg fashion, the film reportedly tackles heavy subjects and profound themes, and is just unorthodox enough to alienate a significant chunk of the audience, while leaving the rest enraptured. Presumably impressed with Pattinson’s performance, Cronenberg went ahead and offered him a role in Maps to the Stars, to which the actor expressed interest (provided it doesn’t get shelved again).

 Said Cronenberg, when talking with The Playlist:

I asked Rob if he would be interested in playing a particular role in it and he said yes, he would. Likewise, Viggo [Mortensen] is interested in a role. It would be very interesting. This is a project called ‘Maps To The Stars’ written by Bruce Wagner who is a wonderful L.A. screenwriter.

Viggo Mortensen (best known for his role as Aragorn in The Lord of the Rings trilogy), has become something of a fixture in Cronenberg’s projects of late, starring in three of the director’s most recent films, A History of Violence, Eastern Promises (which earned Mortensen an Oscar nod), and A Dangerous Method. Few specifics are available as to the nature of the part he would play in Cronenberg’s passion project.

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Mortensen in Cronenberg's 'Eastern Promises'

Maps to the Stars has still not officially been confirmed (despite Cronenberg’s efforts for the last five years), but Bruce Wagner’s screenplay apparently focuses on the plight of two former child-stars, while commenting on the entertainment industry’s relationship with Western Civilization as a whole. So, yeah, it sounds pretty deep. In keeping with Cronenberg’s other work, it’s also reportedly extremely dark and disturbing. However, the story has still been described as at least partly comedic, so it may fall into the category of “black comedy.”

Source: The Playlist & Slashfilm

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  1. Considering Mortensen is one of the best actors of all time, and all of his collaborations with Cronenberg so far have been brilliant, it is fair to say that I’ll be watching this or anything else they do in the future.

  2. I agree with Dr.S.B. about Mortensen, and completely forgot that Eastern Promises was a Cronenberg film – I really liked that movie. I remember thinking I wasn’t a huge fan of C’berg’s but Promises is the only recent film of his (probably since Crash) that I’ve seen…gonna have to go back.

    Regarding Pattinson: “Though opinions of his actual acting talent vary considerably”
    I’m in the camp that thinks he’s just a pretty boy with little to no talent, right up there with Hayden Christiansen – maybe not quite as bad. Why, oh why do directors continue to hire these guys? To draw audience? Sheesh…that’s a sh&*ty reason to hire an actor, and Cronenberg doesn’t need to think like that…

  3. I get the feeling Cronenberg will always be considered an inriguing oddity because of his early ventures into grotesque biological horror, no matter how engaging and thought-provoking his movies become. If true, that’s a shameful prejudice on the part of modern audiences seeking intellectual fare. At the same time I wonder how his longtime fans handle the transition he’s made to telling stories of a more mundane nature.

  4. The good doctor speaks the truth, above, in entirety.

  5. I read about this on another site where it said, “Last week word filtered out of Cannes that Robert Pattinson could work again with director David Cronenberg. That led to some comments that he might be the new Viggo Mortensen.”

    There’s no one I’ve saw that can equal Viggo Mortensen. My plan is to own all of his movies, and hopefully his books and other works, God willing. He has been blessed well. I may never be that lucky, but from what I’ve saw he has my attention.
    The fact he doesn’t flaunt himself or advertise products to get attention makes him even more interesting.

  6. I don’t get all the hype about Cronenberg being “deep”. He is a violence and sex junkie with his movies. They are all the same now. I don’t think that makes talent. If anything, the opposite is true. Shock does not mean talent. And Mortensen plays the same tired old roles now. He barely speaks, but has to be nude. Go figure. Again, I don’t consider any of that talent. I don’t know about Pattinson, but Hollywood should let this pass for sure.

    • Your wrong about Viggo Mortensen. He is one of the best actors around. He’s highly educated and has many books in print. He has worked with some of the best actors around and has their respect.
      Did you see David Letterman Dec. 13 2011,
      2011 T Style Holiday cover, here’s the link
      When he got the Coolidge Award this year this is the video they put together for it. Now who is that good? Only Viggo.

      I have enjoyed David Cronenberg films even without Viggo in them. From what I’ve saw they make very good dramatic movies. As for shock just turn on the news. You see in real life the same things you see in a Cronenberg movies. I agree small children shouldn’t see some of them.

      As for Viggo naked I don’t think there are many really good actors around who have the body and looks to do it. Especially for around 50 years of age. Not many take the time to study & totally immerse themselves in a role. I read he brings things in to use as props that might help the film. As I said he has my complete attention.