Juliette Binoche and Mathieu Amalric in David Cronenberg’s Cosmopolis

By Feb 18, 2011 Comment (0)

Juliette Binoche

David Cronenberg‘s upcoming Cosmopolis currently has Robert Pattinson and Paul Giamatti set to star. But the project is definitely getting bigger, since we just learned that French actress Juliette Binoche and Mathieu Amalric has signed on to star in the whole thing, as well!

I’m sure you all remember that the duo won acting awards at last year’s Cannes ceremony, and with all this cast on board, Cosmopolis looks like a promising project, indeed.

Pattinson will star as newly married billionaire Eric Packer who cheats on his wife, and is pursued by a stalker, played by Giamatti. When it comes to Binoche and Amalric, at this moment there are no details on their roles.

However, you already know that Cronenberg movie is an adaptation of Don DeLillo‘s novel, and here’s a little description:

“…a day in the life of a brilliant and precocious New Economy billionaire, a study in big money and affectlessness. As one character remarks, 28-year-old Eric Packer “wants to be one civilization ahead of this one.” But on an April day in the year 2000, Eric’s fortune and life fall apart. The story tracks him as he traverses Manhattan in his stretch limo.

His goal: a haircut at Anthony’s, his father’s old barber. But on this day his driver has to navigate a presidential visit, an attack by anarchists and a rapper’s funeral. Meanwhile, the yen is mounting, destroying Eric’s bet against it.

The catastrophe liberates Eric’s destructive instinct-he shoots another character and increases his bet. Mostly, the action consists of sequences in the back of the limo (where he stages meetings with his doctor, various corporate officers and a New Economy guru) interrupted by various pit stops. He lunches with his wife of 22 days, Elise Shifrin.

He has sex with two women, his art consultant and a bodyguard. He is hit in the face with a pie by a protester. He knows he is being stalked, and the novel stages a final convergence between the ex-tycoon and his stalker.”

Cosmopolis is set to start its nine-week shoot in Toronto on May 24th. We’re expecting to hear more details about the whole thing so make sure you stay tuned!

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