New U.S. Trailer & Poster For David Cronenberg’s MAPS TO THE STARS Arrives
Focus World has released the brand new U.S. theatrical trailer & poster for MAPS TO THE STARS, directed by David Cronenberg & starring Julianne Moore, Mia Wasikowska with John Cusack and Robert Pattinson.
Cronenberg is equally known for not flinching from any subject, and for making films that are as challenging and substantial as they are suspenseful and visually compelling. Early in his career, he made a series of vivid, fantastical thrillers including Scanners, Videodrome, The Fly, Dead Ringers, Naked Lunch, eXistenZ and Spider. More recently, his filmmaking has become even more expansive with the high-style crime thrillers A History of Violence and Eastern Promises, the psychological, sex- infused historical drama about Freud and Jung, A Dangerous Method, and his adaptation of Cosmopolis which takes place almost entirely in a billionaire’s limousine on one fateful trip through the city.
For Cronenberg, MAPS TO THE STARS was another chance to switch gears entirely – into what he calls “a family drama, just not the usual kind of family drama.”
Meet the Weiss family, who are making their way in Hollywood rife with money, fame, envy, and relentless hauntings. Stafford Weiss (John Cusack) is a famed TV self-help therapist with an A-list celebrity clientele. Meanwhile, Cristina Weiss (Olivia Williams) has her work cut out managing the career of their disaffected child-star son, Benjie (Evan Bird), a fresh graduate of rehab at age 13.
Yet unbeknownst to them, another member of the Weiss family has arrived in town – mysteriously scarred and tormented Agatha (Mia Wasikowska), just released from a psych ward and ready to start again. She soon works her way into a friendship with a limo driver (Robert Pattinson) and becomes personal assistant to unraveling actress Havana Segrand (Julianne Moore), who is beset by the ghost of her legendary mother, Clarice (Sarah Gadon). But Agatha is on a quest for redemption – and even in this realm of the artificial, and the unearthly, she’s determined to find it, no matter what it takes.
“It’s a story that is really of the moment and it also ferociously examines the moment we are living in, culturally, pop-culturally, technologically and in every way,” says the director. Cronenberg’s map of modern Los Angeles – and perhaps of contemporary culture itself — is lined with psychic pitfalls and shadows but also lit up by human vibrancy. “The city in the film is a deadly beauty,” he concludes. “It’s like a Venus fly trap, where each of these characters is swallowed up by their obsessions with success, celebrity and money.”
Focus World will release MAPS TO THE STARS in the US in Theaters, On Demand and iTunes on February 27, 2015.
Photos: (c) 2014 Starmaps Productions Inc. / Integral Film GmbH