First clip from David Cronenberg’s ‘Cosmopolis’ starring Robert Pattinson
Old school science fiction fans of David Crononberg, director of “The Fly,” may find themselves seated next to teen Sci-Fi fans of “Twilight” as Cronenberg’s new film “Cosmopolis” stars Robert Pattinson. Extrait Cosmopolis debuted the first clip today from the film, which is set to debut at the Cannes Film Festival later this month.
The adaptation of Don DeLillo’s novel features Pattinson as a multi-billionaire in a search of a haircut, journeys across Manhattan, only to have his world crumble around him.
“Twilight” fans may be new to Cronenberg films, but his resume includes the aforementioned “The Fly” which starred Jeff Goldblum, “Scanners,” “Videodrome,” and “The Dead Zone.”
Cronenberg fans may only know Pattinson as Edward, but he started in the wizardry world of Harry Potter as Cedric Diggory in 2005′s “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.”
The film also stars Sarah Gadon, Kevin Durand, Jay Baruchel, Samantha Morton, Juliette Binoche, Paul Giamatti, and Mathieu Amalric. The 2012 Cannes Film Festival runs from May 16 – 25th.
Here’s the synopsis for Cosmopolis:
New York City, not-too-distant-future: Eric Packer, a 28 year-old finance golden boy dreaming of living in a civilization ahead of this one, watches a dark shadow cast over the firmament of the Wall Street galaxy, of which he is the uncontested king. As he is chauffeured across midtown Manhattan to get a haircut at his father’s old barber, his anxious eyes are glued to the yuan’s exchange rate: it is mounting against all expectations, destroying Eric’s bet against it. Eric Packer is losing his empire with every tick of the clock. Meanwhile, an eruption of wild activity unfolds in the city’s streets. Petrified as the threats of the real world infringe upon his cloud of virtual convictions, his paranoia intensifies during the course of his 24-hour cross-town odyssey. Packer starts to piece together clues that lead him to a most terrifying secret: his imminent assassination. – Collider
What are we supposed to make of Cosmopolis? It’s the new film from David Cronenberg, which automatically gets one segment of the film-loving world excited, and it’s also the new film starring Robert Pattinson, which gets a much bigger segment of the world in general excited. But from what we’ve seen so far it’s pretty much nothing like what we’ve seen from either of them lately– Cronenberg is coming off the stuffy period drama A Dangerous Method, Pattinson is coming off the Twilight franchise, and Cosmopolis looks absolutely nothing like either of them.
The first trailers have given us a pretty good sense of the movie’s strangeness, but it gets even weirder when you watch a full-length clip, like this one below.