Kristen Stewart and Viggo Mortensen will star together in Crimes of the Future, David Cronenberg’snew film, the story of a famous performer whose work focuses on growing new organs in his body, Variety reports. It is a remake of the director’s second film, dated 1970.
A sci-fi thriller, which sounds extremely Cronenbergian. According to Deadline, which first broke the news, the film is set in the distant future in which humans have evolved beyond their ” natural state and in a metamorphosis, altering their biological composition“.
In this context, a performative artist named Saul Tenser embraces accelerated evolution syndrome, sprouting new and unexpected organs into his body. The removal of those organs becomes a new type of theater, gaining a following, as well as the attention of the government.
I mean, more Cronenberg than that! Just look at the visionary director’s previous works such as Inseparable or Videodrome to remember that his work is not for the faint-hearted.
Cronenberg has also considered a pioneer of the film genre referred to as body horror, which explores man’s terror in the face of body mutation, infection, and contamination of meat, intertwining the psychological element of history with the physical element:
“ I have some pending business with the future,” Cronenberg said in a statement reporting Variety.
Crimes of the Future will also mark the return of the Cronenberg and Mortensen couple about a decade after they last joined forces in A Dangerous Method. They had previously worked together on A History of Violence and The Promise of the Assassin.
In addition to Mortensen and Stewart, the cast includes Léa Seydoux and Scott Speedman. Filming will begin this summer in Greece.