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Casting Watch: Mia Wasikowska and Olivia Williams Join David Cronenberg's Schizoid Ghost Story 'Maps to the Stars'

Photo of Ryan Lattanzio By Ryan Lattanzio | TOH! May 8, 2013 at 1:16PM

New casting details have emerged for Canadian auteur David Cronenberg's new film "Maps to the Stars." Mia Wasikowska, Olivia Williams and Evan Bird are set to star in the schizoid ghost thriller, joining Julianne Moore, John Cusack and Cronenberg stalwart Robert Pattinson.
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Mia Wasikowska
Mia Wasikowska

New casting details have emerged for Canadian auteur David Cronenberg's new film "Maps to the Stars." Mia Wasikowska, Olivia Williams and Evan Bird are set to star in the schizoid ghost thriller, joining Julianne Moore, John Cusack and Cronenberg stalwart Robert Pattinson.

Olivia Williams
Olivia Williams

Produced by longtime Cronenberg collaborator Martin Katz and "Carnage" producer Said Ben Said, "Maps to the Stars" marks the first time since 2007's "Eastern Promises" that the prolific director will be working from an original screenplay rather than an adaptation.

Written by screenwriter/novelist Bruce Wagner ("Force Majeure")-- who contributed to "Nightmare on Elm Street 3" -- it's a tale of troubled Hollywood in typically creepy Cronenberg tradition. Evan Bird (recently seen on AMC's "The Killing") plays a drug-addled child star with a nasty mom (Williams) and a schizophrenic sister (Wasikowska).

"Maps" reunites Cronenberg with Pattinson, who excelled with calm cool as a nihilistic mogul in last year's "Cosmopolis." With dead eyes and cold blankness, Wasikowska recently showcased her ability to play creepy in "Stoker."

Rabid Cronenbergians will probably have to wait til next year to catch "Maps to the Stars," as the film is still in pre-production.

This article is related to: David Cronenberg, Mia Wasikowska


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.