"Cosmopolis" star Robert Pattinson is moving from the back seat of a limousine to the front, as "Maps to the Stars," his next collaboration with director David Cronenberg, has started its 30-day shoot, which runs through August in Toronto and Los Angeles.
A contemporary tale exploring the demons of our celebrity-obsessed society, story follows the Weiss family, which is led by Stafford (Cusack), a psychotherapist and life coach who made his fortune with self-help books. His wife (Williams) is the overbearing mother-manager of their 13-year-old son (Bird), a TV star recently out of drug rehab. Their estranged daughter (Wasikowska) has just been released from a psychiatric hospital and befriended a limo driver (Pattinson) who is also an aspiring actor.
One of Stafford's celebrity clients is Havana (Moore), an actress with an unusual new assistant. Havana’s dream of reprising her dead mother’s (Gadon) starring role from the 1960s slowly crumbles while ghosts, death and all manner of vices collide.
Cronenberg is directing "Maps to the Stars" from a script by Bruce Wagner. The film is produced by Prospero Pictures founder Martin Katz, as well as SBS Productions’ Saïd Ben Saïd ("Carnage") and Michel Merkt. Sentient Entertainment's Renee Tab and eOne’s Benedict Carver are exec producing. Integral Films’ Alfred Hürmer co-produces, while longtime Cronenberg collaborator Walter Gasparovic serves as associate producer.
"'Maps to the Stars' marks a return to the shocking and audacious cinema Cronenberg fans love, with a fantastic cast of award-winners and hugely talented newcomers," said Katz.
eOne Films International is handling worldwide rights, and eOne will directly distribute "Maps to the Stars" in the U.S., Canada, the UK and Australia/New Zealand. The film is produced with the support of Telefilm Canada, The Ontario Media Development Corporation, and the Harold Greenberg Fund.