Kristen Stewart has found her next film role.
Stewart is joining the cast of Crimes of the Future, a new film from acclaimed director David Cronenberg, based on his first original screenplay since 1999’s eXistenZ. Stewart will be joined by Viggo Mortensen and Léa Seydoux.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film will take place in the near future “where humankind is learning to adapt to its synthetic surroundings.” The logline continues, saying that “This evolution moves humans beyond their natural state and into a metamorphosis, altering their biological makeup. While some embrace the limitless potential of transhumanism, others attempt to police it.”
The film will follow Saul Tenser, a performance artist who has “embraced Accelerated Evolution Syndrome, sprouting new and unexpected organs in his body. Along with his partner Caprice, Tenser has turned the removal of these organs into a spectacle for his loyal followers to marvel at in real-time theatre. But with both the government and a strange subculture taking note, Tenser is forced to consider what would be his most shocking performance of all."
It sounds like it's going to be a classic dark sci-fi tale full of body horror, psychosexual desire, and existential dread from the filmmaker behind such movies as The Fly and Scanners. Interestingly, the film has the same name as one Cronenberg wrote and directed in 1970 about a plague caused by cosmetic products that kills the entire population of adult women on earth.
“I have unfinished business with the future,” Cronenberg said about the project. The film is expected to begin filming in Greece in August.
Mortensen has also starred in Cronenberg’s films A History of Violence, and Eastern Promises, which he was nominated for an Oscar for. Seydoux, who is straight, starred in the lesbian film Blue is the Warmest Color.
Stewart is currently filming Spencer, in which she plays the iconic Princess Diana. The film, from director Pablo Larrain, “focuses on one weekend in the life of Princess Diana, as she spends the Christmas holiday with the Royal Family at the Sandrigham estate in Norfolk, and decides to leave her marriage to Prince Charles.”