By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood April 17, 2014 at 1:01PM
Maybe Cannes topper Thierry Fremaux didn't want two Rob Pattinson movies in his competition lineup. Pattinson rejoins venerable Cannes auteur David Cronenberg for competition entry "Map to the Stars," a follow-up to "Cosmopolis," which earned the "Twilight" star his best reviews to date.
Written by Hollywood satirist Bruce Wagner ("Scenes from the Class Struggle in Beverly Hills"), "Map to the Stars" stars Pattinson as a limo driver who flirts with both anxious movie star Julianne Moore and her pyromaniac assistant Mia Wasikowska; John Cusack and Olivia Williams star as Hollywood players. Here's the official synopsis (trailer below):
The Weiss family is the archetypical Hollywood dynasty: father Sanford is an analyst and coach, who has made a fortune with his self-help manuals; mother Christina mostly looks after the career of their son Benjie, 13, a child star.
One of Sanford's clients, Havana, is an actress who dreams of shooting a remake of the movie that made her mother, Clarice, a star in the '60s. Clarice is dead now and visions of her come to haunt Havana at night. Adding to the toxic mix, Benjie has just come off a rehab program he joined when he was 9 and his sister, Agatha, has recently been released from a sanatorium where she was treated for criminal pyromania...
Canadian distributor EOne will distribute in North America.
Pattinson also stars in Aussie director David Michod's follow-up to Oscar-nominated "Animal Kingdom," apocalyptic thriller "The Rover," opposite Guy Pearce, which was announced as part of the Cannes lineup Thursday morning (as a Midnight special screening). While it may be too violent for the Palais crowd, so is R-rated "Map to the Stars." The difference? Cronenberg is a competition regular and Michod has never played Cannes before. Rarely does Fremaux allow entrance to the main competition to Cannes first-timers--Steven Soderbergh is the great exception, who went on to win the Palme d'Or for "sex, lies and videotape." But does Cannes want Pattinson walking the red carpet twice in a festival? You bet. (Yet again, both Pattinson and his "Twilight" costar Kristen Stewart will be in Cannes, as she stars in Olivier Assayas' "Clouds of Sils Maria.")
Not missing a beat, distributor A24 has timed the release of a new trailer and character posters for the film, which has a June 13 limited stateside release.
Here's the official synopsis:
The film is set in the Australian desert, in a dangerous and damaged near future. Eric (Pearce) has left everything, everyone and every semblance of human kindness behind him when a gang of desperate criminals steals his last possession. Eric sets off on a ruthless mission to track them down, forced along the way to enlist the help of Rey (Pattinson), the naïve and injured junior member of the gang who was left behind in the chaos of the gang’s most recent robbery.