If Robert Pattinson wants any sort of sustainable career, it’s fairly obvious that he’s going to have to move past his Twilight/RPattz image. Judging by the first full-length trailer for Cosmopolis, he’s heading down the right path to do just that.
Helmed by Canadian director David Cronenberg (best known in his earlier days for horror films such as Videodrome, The Dead Zone, and The Fly and more recently for the crime thrillers A History of Violence and Eastern Promises), the movie, which was quite noticeably filmed in Toronto, is based on the novel of the same name by Don DeLillo.
Pattinson stars as the central character, an entitled young billionaire who views the turbulent outside world from his high-tech limo (occasionally leaving for sex and violence), while at the same time his own financial empire crumbles around him.
The film is set to premiere at Cannes this year. A North American premiere date has not been set.
New York City, not-too-distant-future: Eric Packer, a 28 year-old finance golden boy dreaming of living in a civilization ahead of this one, watches a dark shadow cast over the firmament of the Wall Street galaxy, of which he is the uncontested king. As he is chauffeured across midtown Manhattan to get a haircut at his father’s old barber, his anxious eyes are glued to the yuan’s exchange rate: it is mounting against all expectations, destroying Eric’s bet against it. Eric Packer is losing his empire with every tick of the clock. Meanwhile, an eruption of wild activity unfolds in the city’s streets. Petrified as the threats of the real world infringe upon his cloud of virtual convictions, his paranoia intensifies during the course of his 24-hour cross-town odyssey. Packer starts to piece together clues that lead him to a most terrifying secret: his imminent assassination.