David Cronenberg, the proclaimed King of Venereal Horror, returns to his body horror routes with his new film Crimes of the Future. The filmmaker, most famously known for his work on the 1986 classic The Fly, will return to the director’s chair for the first time since 2014’s Maps to the Stars. The film will also be his first original script since 1999’s eXistenZ.
A full synopsis reads:
“As the human species adapts to a synthetic environment, the body undergoes new transformations and mutations. With his partner, Caprice, Saul Tenser, a celebrity performance artist, publicly showcases the metamorphosis of his organs in avant-garde performances. Timlin, an investigator from the National Organ Registry, obsessively tracks their movements, which is when a mysterious group is revealed… Their mission – to use Saul’s notoriety to shed light on the next phase of human evolution.”
Ahead of the movie’s theatrical run, NEON has released a disturbing red band trailer, which you can view below. Although, you might want to finish your dinner before watching it!
“Crimes of the Future is a meditation on human evolution… the ways in which we have had to take control of the process because we have created such powerful environments that did not exist previously,” said Cronenberg. “[It’s] an evolution of things I have done before. Fans will see key references to other scenes and moments from my other films. That’s a continuity of my understanding of technology as connected to the human body. Technology is always an extension of the human body, even when it seems to be very mechanical and non-human.”
The film boasts a star-studded cast that includes Kristen Stewart, Viggo Mortensen and Léa Seydoux alongside co-stars Scott Speedman (You), Tanaya Beatty (Yellowstone), Nadia Litz (Big Muddy), Yorgos Karamichos (The Durrells), Yorgos Pirpassopoulos (Beckett), Welket Bungué (Berlin Alexanderplatz), Don McKellar (Blindness), and Lihi Kornowski (Losing Alice).
Later this month, Cronenberg’s Crimes of the Future will have its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival. After that, the film will open in theaters in New York and Los Angeles on June 3rd, expanding to a wide release on June 10th.