Julianne Moore's entitled ranting opens the new trailer for David Cronenberg's Maps to the Stars, a film written by Bruce Wagner that follows the daughter of a Hollywood legend who has become an actress in her own right, and who dreams of remaking a film that once starred her mother. Or maybe it doesn't. The trailer for this film doesn't really match the synopsis:
With this tale of a secret-filled Hollywood family on the verge of implosion, director David Cronenberg (EASTERN PROMISES, A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE) forges both a wicked social satire and a very human ghost story from our celebrity-obsessed culture. Meet the Weiss family, who are making their way in a sun-soaked Southern California rife with money, dreams, fame, envy, angst, yearning - and relentless hauntings. Stafford Weiss (John Cusack) is a famed TV self-help therapist, whose "Hour of Personal Power" has brought him an A-list celebrity clientele. Meanwhile, Cristina Weiss (Olivia Williams) has her work cut out managing the career of their disaffected child-star son, Benjie (Evan Bird), a fresh graduate of rehab at age 13.
and I like that! Moore, Mia Wasikowska and Robert Pattinson are the clear stars of the trailer, and they're not even mentioned in the official synopsis. I find that very intriguing. While Maps to the Stars is certainly about the religion of celebrity, it could be about anything else. It all feels very mysterious, and I'm into it. Of course, it doesn't hurt that this movie is directed by David Cronenberg, starring Moore and Wasikowska (maybe?) and written by the guy who wrote the best Nightmare on Elm Street movie (Dream Warriors, obviously).
The poster's great, too. Very Hollywood noir, as seems appropriate:
We'll figure it all out on February 27th, when Maps to the Stars hits theaters. Or more likely we won't. We'll see.