Director David Cronenberg would make a great Wrestler. With the nickname The Baron of Blood, he could easily batter Hulk Hogan with a big move combo at Wrestlemania. He would also be pretty good in panto. However, he decided to pursue a career in film directing, and has produced such horror classics as The Fly, EXistenZ and Dead Ringers. Cronenberg’s latest film is the drama Maps to The Stars, the trailer for which you can see below, and stars Julianne Moore, Mia Wasikowska and the ever pale Robert Pattinson. We recommend you try watching the trailer backwards as well, just in case it makes a bit more sense.
Maps to The Stars follows the tortured lives of a very dysfunctional family in the dizzy city of LA, and the individual demons they all face. Doctor Stafford Weiss (John Cusack) is a successful psychotherapist, who has made his fortune publishing a self help book, probably entitled “How to Whisper All Of Your Lines if You Star in a Film by David Cronenberg”. His children could have done with a few one to one sessions with their father, as one is just out of drug rehab (his thirteen year old spoilt actor son Benjie, played by Evan Bird), and the other is just out of psychiatric hospital (his daughter Agatha, played by Mia Wasikowska).
Agatha has returned to LA, and befriends limo driver and wannabe actor Jerome (Pattinson). She also becomes PA to faded actress Havana Segrand (Moore), who is struggling to come to terms with age and her diminishing career ( although with a name like that, porn is surely beckoning.)
Maps to The Stars promises to delve into the ups and severe downs of life in Hollywood, and explores in detail “the demons of our celebrity obsessed society”. The film has already received critical acclaim, and is due for release in the UK on September the 26th 2014.