Eight years after his 2012 debut Antiviral, Brandon Cronenberg returns with Possessor, a sci-fi thriller with a stellar cast, featuring Jennifer Jason Leigh (who starred in David Cronenberg’s 1999 film eXistenZ), Andrea Riseborough, Sean Bean, Christopher Abbott and Tuppence Middleton. Lensed by Karim Hussein (Hobo with a Shotgun, 201), the Canadian-UK co-production is produced by Andrew Starke, Kevin Krikst, Niv Fichman and Fraser Ash. Cronenberg’s debut premiered in Un Certain Regard at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival.
Gist: From Cronenberg’s own script, Possessor follows an agent who works for a secret organization using brain-implant tech which allows people to inhabit the body of another and commit assassinations.
Release Date/Prediction: While we were thinking he’d be ready for Cannes (he finally was, but with the short Please Speak Continuously and Describe Your Experiences as They Come to You), Cronenberg filmed Possessor last April to July of 2019, this is headed to the World Dramatic Comp at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival.