David Cronenberg hasn't directed a movie in nearly a decade. For his latest, he's going back to his roots, taking a title and themes from his past.
Crimes of the Future - not to be confused with Cronenberg's 1970 film of the same name - is all about body horror, the Canadian director's specialty. Viggo Mortensen reunites with the filmmaker, having last worked with him on A Dangerous Method. He plays Saul Tensler, a performance artist who uses his body for extreme entertainment. Lea Seydoux co-stars as his partner, who performs surgery on him as part of their act. Kristen Stewart is the investigator on the trail, hoping to bust their illegal act. The film had a long journey to the screen, with Nicolas Cage and Ralph Fiennes attached during the early stages in the mid-2000s. Cronenberg has made five movies since abandoning the project. Now he's returned with a pretty gross trailer, and I expected nothing less.
Crimes of the Future will premiere in competition at this year's Cannes Film Festival. A limited release will follow in the U.S. beginning June 3.