David Cronenberg’s Maps to the Stars Begins Filming; Full Synopsis Released

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David Cronenberg's Maps to the Stars Begins Filming; Full Synopsis ReleasedIt’s no secret we’re big Cronenberg fans here at Dread, so we’re happy to report filming has commenced for his 30-day shoot of Maps to the Stars, and we have the film’s synopsis to share.

Per The Wrap, production on Maps to the Stars will run through August in Toronto and Los Angeles. Entertainment One and Prospero Pictures are co-financing the Los Angeles-set movie, previously described as a combo ghost story and critique of celebrity-obsessed society. It stars Robert Pattinson, John Cusack, Julianne Moore, Mia Wasikowska (pictured), Olivia Williams, Sarah Gadon, and Evan Bird.

The script is by Bruce Wagner, with Prospero Pictures founder Martin Katz, as well as SBS Productions’ Saïd Ben Saïd (Carnage) and Michel Merkt producing. Sentient Entertainment’s Renee Tab and eOne’s Benedict Carver are exec producing. Integral Films’ Alfred Hürmer co-produces, while longtime Cronenberg collaborator Walter Gasparovic serves as associate producer. eOne will distribute Maps to the Stars in the US, Canada, the UK, and Australia/New Zealand. The film is produced with the support of Telefilm Canada, The Ontario Media Development Corporation, and the Harold Greenberg Fund.

“Maps to the Stars marks a return to the shocking and audacious cinema Cronenberg fans love, with a fantastic cast of award-winners and hugely talented newcomers,” said Katz.

A contemporary tale exploring the demons of our celebrity-obsessed society, the story follows the Weiss family, which is led by Stafford (Cusack), a psychotherapist and life coach who made his fortune with self-help books. His wife (Williams) is the overbearing mother-manager of their 13-year-old son (Bird), a TV star recently out of drug rehab. Their estranged daughter (Wasikowska) has just been released from a psychiatric hospital and befriended a limo driver (Pattinson) who is also an aspiring actor.

One of Stafford’s celebrity clients is Havana (Moore), an actress with an unusual new assistant. Havana’s dream of reprising her dead mother’s (Gadon) starring role from the 1960s slowly crumbles while ghosts, death, and all manner of vices collide.

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