Following the enticing teaser that arrived last month, we now have the official redband trailer for Crimes of the Future, unveiling much more of David Cronenberg’s latest.
The filmmaker behind Scanners, The Fly, and Eastern Promises (to name but a few of the auteur’s many titles) returns to sci-fi and all-out body horror with this macabre and disturbing-looking tale. The buzz has been steadily building as the film approaches release – premiering at the Cannes Film Festival later this month, then opening in New York and Los Angeles on June 3rd, before receiving a wider U.S. release on June 10th.
The film is set in a time when humans have adapted to a synthetic environment, with various forms of body transformation and mutation possible. Viggo Mortensen stars as Saul Tenser, a man who, alongside his partner Caprice (played by Léa Seydoux), showcases the metamorphosis of his organs to the public as performance art. Kristen Stewart plays National Organ Registry investigator Timlin, who is keeping an obsessively close eye on their movements. A mysterious group is soon revealed, keen to use Saul’s notoriety to shed light on the next phase of human evolution.
Crimes of the Future‘s cast includes Scott Speedman, Tanaya Beatty, Nadia Litz, Yorgos Karamichos, Yorgos Pirpassopoulos, and Welket Bungué, among others.
Some fascinating ideas and shudder-inducing moments teased at in the trailer below, along with the promise of strong turns from the three solid leads. It’s nice to see Cronenberg reuniting with Mortensen; they delivered three fantastic-to-solid films with Eastern Promises, A History of Violence, and A Dangerous Method.
One thing’s for sure: this won’t be for the faint of heart or the highly sensitive. Crimes of the Future‘s classification in the US: Rated R for strong disturbing violent content and grisly images, graphic nudity and some language.