Posted on Tuesday, April 15th, 2014 by Russ Fischer
It’s a good day when you get to see footage from one of your most anticipated films of the year, and this Maps to the Stars trailer is our first look at real footage from David Cronenberg‘s new movie. The film stars Mia Wasikoska as a young woman who bears a visible external scar, and probably some pretty serious internal damage as well. She turns up in Hollywood and scores a job as personal assistant to an actress played by Julianne Moore, but we soon learn that the girl has more on her mind than just doing her job well. Check out the trailer below for hints of much stranger stuff to follow.
Update: A second trailer has been released. It is even less safe for work than the first, but it is also actually a proper trailer rather than a sales reel. Both are embedded below.
Update 2: The sales trailer has been pulled.
Just a note about this first trailer. It’s more like a sales trailer than a theatrical ad, so it goes into a lot of detail. Those wary of seeing too much might want to stop after the first minute, and certainly after a minute and a half, when the editing starts to get more intense. There’s also a bit of language that makes this unsafe for work (for some).
We’ve also pasted a synopsis below, from eOne International, but frankly that also seems to give away a more than some might like. So be warned.
[Trailer removed from YouTube]
Here’s the second trailer, which qualifies as a red-band cut:
Maps to the Stars has no US release date set at this point, but expect to hear something soon; we assume the film will debut at Cannes in May. Here are two sales posters, which like the trailer come via The Film Stage.
Led by the loathsome yet funny and touching child-star Benjie, we witness the convoluted world of shallow, selfish celebrities and their minions, all of whom are about to be manipulated and destroyed by the young woman who literally represents the fruit of their twisted machinations, Agatha, Benjie’s tormented, apparently psychotic sister. As much as it is a sharp, comic look at a vacant and corrupt world, MAPS TO THE STARS is also a haunting ghost story.