David Cronenberg taking on rare acting role in ‘Body Art’

Danny Bowes

David Cronenberg is reuniting with novelist Don DeLillo and "Cosmopolis" producer Paolo Branco on a new project. Cronenberg will be taking on a rare acting role in "Body Art," director Luca Guadagnino's adaptation of DeLillo's novella "The Body Artist."

Isabelle Huppert is starring as the character who, in the novella was an actress/performer of sorts grieving over a lost lover who encounters a mysterious stranger living in her house (all of which may or may not be literally happening). Denis Lavant, who recently tread similar territory to great acclaim in 2012's "Holy Motors," co-stars.

Assuming the film is a close-ish adaptation, Cronenberg would in all likelihood be playing the object of Huppert's grief and Lavant would be the mysterious stranger. This could, however, change considering the multiple interpretations possible by the novella's nature.

"Body Art" marks writer-director Guadagnino's follow-up to his 2009 international success "I Am Love," with Tilda Swinton. Shooting is scheduled to being in summer of this year.