Viggo Mortensen (A History of Violence, Eastern Promises, Green Book), Léa Seydoux (No Time to Die, The French Dispatch, Blue Is the Warmest Colour) and Kristen Stewart (Seberg, Clouds of Sils Maria, Twilight) will star in Crimes of the Future, written and directed by David Cronenberg (A History of Violence, Eastern Promises, Crash) and produced by Robert Lantos.
The NEON and Serendipity Point Films film reunites Cronenberg, a Cannes Jury Prize winner, Venice Career Golden Lion winner, and Berlin Silver Bear winner, with Mortensen, a three-time Oscar nominee, in their fourth collaboration.
Also starring are Scott Speedman (Barney’s Version, Adoration), Welket Bungué (Berlin Alexanderplatz), Don McKellar (Blindness, eXistenZ), and Lihi Kornowski (Losing Alice). Principal photography is slated to start in August in Athens, Greece.
NEON will release Crimes of the Future in the U.S.; the film joins NEON’s growing slate of recently-acquired films including Jonas Poher Rasmussen’s Flee, Ryan Gosling starrer The Actor, and Pablo Lorrain’s Spencer. Mile End will distribute Crimes of the Future in Canada.
“I have unfinished business with the future,” says Cronenberg, cryptically.
“To work with David Cronenberg is to embark on a journey exploring terrain where no one has gone before,” shares producer Robert Lantos. “Each of our collaborations has been an exhilarating adventure and David’s unwavering vision is what real cinema is all about.”
Crimes of the Future is a boldly original screenplay from the mind of celebrated auteur David Cronenberg, whose last original screenplay was eXistenZ in 1999. The film takes a deep dive into 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 transhumanism, others attempt to police it. Either way, in this perfectly-crafted Cronenberg world, which marks the iconic filmmaker’s return to sci-fi, “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.
Crimes of the Future is the fourth collaboration between Lantos (Eastern Promises, eXistenZ, Crash) and Cronenberg. Steve Solomos (Possessor) is co-producer, and Panos Papahadzis (Knifer, Stratus) is co-producer for Athens-based Argonauts Productions.
The executive producers include Joe Iacono, Thorsten Schumacher, Peter Touche, Christelle Conan, Aida Tannyan, Victor Loewy, and Victor Hadida. Bonnie Do and Laura Lanktree are associate producers.
Joining Cronenberg are longtime collaborators, award-winning production designer Carol Spier (Crash, Dead Ringers) and three-time Academy Award-winning composer Howard Shore (The Song of Names, The Lord of the Rings trilogy, A History of Violence).
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