Mia Wasikowska is having a very cool 2014, with outstanding roles in "The Double" and "Only Lovers Left Alive." The cherry on top might be David Cronenberg's latest film, "Maps to the Stars," where she plays a mysterious woman named Agatha Weiss.
The very NSFW trailer for "Maps to the Stars," which is still in post-production, gives us a glimpse of the uglier side of Los Angeles. A glamorous actress named Havana Segrand (Julianne Moore) is fuming after being passed over for a major role and shares some rather colorful details about how the starlet got ahead in Hollywood. Jerome (Robert Pattinson) is a sexy young limo driver who assures Havana she's still hot in the most obvious way you could imagine. The appearance of Agatha (Wasikowska) in Havana's life alarms Havana's hands-on therapist Dr. Stafford Weiss (John Cusack), who seems especially concerned when he learns the young woman has burn scars. And then there's the super-rich former child star who seems rather ... troubled. There are more details about the plot floating around online, but that's no fun!
This is Cronenberg's second collaboration with Robert Pattinson, whom he cast in 2012's "Cosmopolis" as a ridiculous wealthy jerk who's riding through Manhattan in a limo. If we're keeping count -- and obviously we are -- "Maps to the Stars" marks Pattinson's second foray into onscreen vehicular copulation; unlike "Cosmopolis," he will probably not be getting a prostate exam in this aforementioned car. Cronenberg also directed the far superior "Crash," which was based on J.G. Ballard's book about people who perv out on car crashes. We're sensing a theme.
Seriously, "Maps to the Stars" looks fantastic. It doesn't have a US release date at the moment, but chances are good that it will premiere at Cannes to plenty of cheers and jeers. Because that's just how the Cannes audience rolls.
Warning: This trailer is definitely NSFW!
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