David Cronenberg Returning with Sci-Fi Starring Viggo Mortensen, Léa Seydoux, Kristen Stewart

David Cronenberg has lined up his first film in around seven years – and it sure sounds like it will find him returning to his body-horror leanings in a big way.

The Scanners, The Fly and A History of Violence filmmaker will next be directing and writing Crimes of the Future, a sci-fi thriller poised to star Viggo Mortensen, Léa Seydoux, Kristen Stewart, Scott Speedman, Welket Bungué, Don McKellar and Lihi Kornowskil. That’s enough to have us freakin’ pumped already, and then there’s the plot…

According to Deadline, the film will be set in the not-so-distant future…

… where humankind is learning to adapt to its synthetic surroundings. This evolution moves humans beyond their natural state and into a metamorphosis, altering their biological makeup. While some embrace the limitless potential of trans-humanism, others attempt to police it. Either way, “Accelerated Evolution Syndrome” is spreading fast. Saul Tenser is a beloved performance artist who has embraced Accelerated Evolution Syndrome, sprouting new and unexpected organs in his body. Along with his partner Caprice, Tenser has turned the removal of these organs into a spectacle for his loyal followers to marvel at in real-time theatre. But with both the government and a strange subculture taking note, Tenser is forced to consider what would be his most shocking performance of all.

Exciting and sure-to-be-gnarly stuff. It’s also very exciting to have Cronenberg reunite with Mortensen, following their standout work with A History of Violence, Eastern Promises and A Dangerous Method.

Distributor Neon has it for release in the US, MK2│Mile End will distribute in Canada, and Rocket Science will be handling sales for international markets. Production on Crimes of the Future will begin in Athens, Greece around halfway through the year.

Cronenberg’s previous film was 2014’s Maps to the Stars, a satirical drama starring Julianne Moore, Mia Wasikowska, John Cusack, and Robert Pattinson.


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