Posted on Monday, July 5th, 2010 by Russ Fischer
I’ve been eagerly awaiting the first footage from A Dangerous Method, the new film from David Cronenberg in which Viggo Mortensen plays Sigmund Freud and Michael Fassbender appears as Carl Jung. There isn’t yet any video to share, but we’ve got the first set photos, and I’m impressed with the work Cronenberg’s team has done to make Mortensen and Fassbender nearly look like dead ringers (sorry about that) for their real-life counterparts.
The Playlist dug up these images, which originally appeared at TT.com and Heute.at. We see Mortensen and Fassbender doing a little walk and talk in character, as well as a couple close-up images of them in makeup and costume (pictured above). There are also a couple shots of Sarah Gadon, who plays Jung’s wife Emma. Who’s missing? Keira Knightley as Sabina Spielrein, the woman who causes a rift between the two men.
The official synopsis, from The Recorded Picture Company:
On the eve of WWI, Zurich and Vienna are the setting for a dark tale of sexual and intellectual discovery. Drawn from true-life events, the film takes a glimpse into the turbulent relationships between fledgling psychiatrist Carl Jung (Michael Fassbender), his mentor Sigmund Freud (Viggo Mortensen), and Sabina Spielrein (Keira Knightley), the troubled but beautiful young woman who comes between them. Into the mix comes Otto Gross (Vincent Cassel), a debauched patient who is determined to push the boundaries.
In this exploration of sensuality, ambition and deceit set the scene for the pivotal moment when Jung, Freud and Sabina come together and split apart, forever changing the face of modern thought.