Per Variety, director David Cronenberg’s Los Angeles set drama Maps to the Stars, will not hit the U.S. until early 2015. Focus World snagged the U.S. distribution rights to the drama from Entertone One (eOne), and reportedly Focus World has not decided if they will release the movie, which is headlined by Julianne Moore and Robert Pattinson, on VOD (the safe bet is a theatrical & VOD release).
The story, penned by Bruce Wagner (Wild Palms, I’m Losing You), features Moore as Havana Segrand, a has been actress who finds herself working withing the shadows of her legendary mother Clarice (Sarah Gadon). John Cusack is a TV self-help therapist whose emotionally scarred daughter Agatha (Mia Waskikowska) serves as Havana’s personal assistant. Robert Pattinson, who previously worked with David Cronenberg in Maps to the Stars, plays a limo driver who becomes fast friends with Agatha.
Moore won the Best Actress award at the Cannes Film Festival for Map to the Stars, and one would assume Focus World will give the film a limited run in December for Oscar consideration.
Whatever the case may be, Moore has always been a professional, and although her career is filled with excellent work, she remains a humble and hardworking actress.
In the clip below, Julianne Moore explains why, when push comes to shove, it’s really all about the work:
David Cronenberg’s prodigious and acclaimed career goes all the way back to the 1960s, and the 71-year-old filmmaker has done his share of stellar work. The Fly, Videodrome, The Dead Zone, A History of Violence, and Eastern Promises rank among his finest cinematic forays. His latest project Maps to the Stars is based on an original script by Bruce Wagner and it takes a look at various desperate figures who are trying to find their identity, and possible salvation, within the manipulative confines of Hollywood.
Robert Pattinson, who previously worked with Cronenberg in Cosmopolis, plays a limo driver/actor in the picture, and Julianne Moore joins in on the fun as an aging, overwrought actress whose career is overshadowed by the work of her iconic mother. Although the story is set in Tinselton, Cronenberg believes the narrative’s themes are universal.
“It’s not only about Hollywood and about the movie business,” said the filmmaker. “You could set it in Silicon Valley. You could set it in Wall Street. Any place where people are desperate, ambitious, greedy, (and) fearful. You could really set it anywhere and have that same tone and same ring of truth.”
During the Cannes Film Festival press conference for Maps to the Stars, Cronenberg talked about the creative process and motivations he carries before each project. “I don’t really feel I’m inventing myself,” said the director. “But I’m entertaining myself. I’m amusing myself. For me a project is kind of an exploration. I really am asking myself many questions on what it is to be a human being. What is the essence of the human condition, and there are many ways of approaching that.”
Click on the media bar below to hear Cronenberg talk about his filmmaking process: