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Cronenberg Finds ‘Cure’ by Reteaming with Viggo Mortensen

Christoph Waltz will want to make sure that his next moves are the goods ones, or else the good fortune of Inglourious Basterds will wash away. The Austrian actor has according to Deadline.com, dropped out on a chance to play with David Cronenberg’s The Talking Cure for an antagonist role in Francis Lawrence’s Water For Elephants.

Christoph Waltz will want to make sure that his next moves are the goods ones, or else the good fortune of Inglourious Basterds will wash away. The Austrian actor has according to Deadline.com, dropped out on a chance to play with David Cronenberg’s The Talking Cure for an antagonist role in Francis Lawrence’s Water For Elephants. So who does a desperate Canadian filmmaker call upon when in need of a favor – Viggo of course.

I’ve yet to read the screenplay, but sources close to me mention that this is a solid film on paper – this is an adaptation of Christopher Hampton’s play, this follows the founding fathers of psychoanalysis, Carl Jung (Fassbender) and Sigmund Freud (Mortensen), and their complicated relationships with a brilliant and beautiful patient, Sabina Spielrein (Keira Knightley). This is Viggo’s third time with Cronenberg after A History of Violence and Eastern Promises.

Filming begins on May 17th for two and a half months. Looks like this could be a top tier title to look forward to next year – and a hot property for sale at Cannes this year.

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Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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