Viggo Mortensen, Léa Seydoux and Kristen Stewart start Cronenberg’s movie – Deadline
Filming is underway in Europe on David Cronenberg’s film Crimes of the future, with Viggo Mortensen, Léa Seydoux, Kristen Stewart and Scott Speedman.
Joining the cast are Tanaya Beatty (Yellowstone), Nadia Litz (Big muddy), Yorgos Karamichos (The Durrells) and Yorgos Pirassopoulos (Beckett). Welket Bungué (Berlin Alexanderplatz), Don McKellar (Blindness) and Lihi Kornowski (Losing Alice).
The film is filming in Athens, Greece, until September 2021.
The film delves deeply into the not-so-distant future where humanity learns to adapt to its synthetic environment. Evolution moves humans beyond their natural state and into a metamorphosis, altering their biological makeup. While some embrace the limitless potential of “transhumanism”, others try to control it. Either way, the “accelerated progression syndrome” is spreading rapidly.
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“As we start filming Crimes of the future, just two days after starting this new adventure with David Cronenberg, it feels like we’ve stepped into a story he collaborated on with Samuel Beckett and William Burroughs, if that was possible, ”Mortensen said. “We’re drawn into a world that isn’t quite like this or another, and yet a world that feels oddly familiar, immediate, and quite believable. I can’t wait to see where we end up.
Produced by Robert Lantos, the film reunites Cronenberg with three-time Oscar nominee Mortensen in their fourth collaboration. The film marks Cronenberg’s first original screenplay since eXistenZ in 1999. The film is also the fourth collaboration between Lantos and Cronenberg.
Panos Papahadzis is a producer for Argonauts Productions, based in Athens, and Steve Solomos is a co-producer. Executive producers include Joe Iacono, Thorsten Schumacher, Peter Touche, Christelle Conan, Aida Tannyan, Victor Loewy and Victor Hadida. Bonnie Do and Laura Lanktree are associate producers.
The decorator is Carol Spier (crash) and the composer is Howard Shore (The Lord of the Rings Trilogy). Douglas Koch (Funny boy) is director of photography, with Mayou Trikerioti (Bet) as costume designer, Dimitris Katsikis (Fugitive pieces) as artistic director, and Stefanos Efthymiou is sound engineer.
Pic will be distributed worldwide by distributors including Neon (USA), MK2 | Mile End (Canada), Metropolitan (France), Weltkino (Germany, Austria and Switzerland), The Searchers (Benelux), Argonauts Productions (Greece), Front Row (Middle East), Capella (CIS / Baltic States) and Moviecloud (Taiwan). Rocket Science manages international sales.
The Canada-Greece co-production is produced in association with Ingenious Media, Coficine, Telefilm Canada, Bell Media, CBC and the Harold Greenberg Fund, with the support of EKOME and GFC.