David Cronenberg Finds Stars For ‘Map to the Stars’

Bryan Enk
Movie Talk

If there's any filmmaker that Hollywood should fear the most, it's probably David Cronenberg.

And let the fear begin, as the master of body horror, scathing satire and all-around awesome weirdness has his sights on Tinseltown in "Map to the Stars," a deconstructionist look at celebrity-obsessed Los Angeles and what it reveals about Western culture. If it's anything like "Scanners," Cronenberg's attack on big business and the media that empowers it in which, uh, people's heads explode, it's not going to be pretty.

Cronenberg will be reteaming with Robert Pattinson on what is also being described as a "ghost story," following their collaboration on last year's Don DeLillo adaptation, "Cosmopolis." Pattinson's knack for underplayed stoicism makes him the perfect Cronenberg hero, following in the footsteps of other mumbling cipher-like protagonists such as Peter Weller's Bill Lee in "Naked Lunch" (1991) and Ralph Fiennes' Dennis Cleg in "Spider" (2002).

Other celebs that will taking the "Map to the Stars" include Julianne Moore, John Cusack and Sarah Gadon. The first two are Cronenberg virgins, with Moore recently winning a Golden Globe for her performance as Sarah Palin in "Game Change" (really, Palin herself could pass for a Cronenberg character) and Cusack recently nailing an impressive psycho-boy turn in Lee Daniels' underrated "The Paperboy." Meanwhile, Gadon has already been to Cronenberg-land -- thrice, in fact: she played Pattinson's wife in "Cosmopolis" and Emma Jung in "A Dangerous Method" (2011) and appears in this year's "Antiviral," the feature film debut of Cronenberg's son, Brandon.

"Map to the Stars" is being written by Bruce Wagner, who knows a thing or two about poking and prodding the more superficial aspects of Los Angeles, the media and big corporations after penning producer Oliver Stone's terrific 1993 TV mini-series, "Wild Palms." The series, which starred James Belushi, Dana Delany, Robert Loggia, Kim Cattrall and many others, took place in a near-future L.A. and revolved around a new technology called "The New Reality," in which three-dimensional images create a completely immersive home theater experience.

Production on "Map to the Stars" is set to commence in July.