Haircut Odyssey: Two Trailers for Cronenberg's 'Cosmopolis'

Thursday, 19 April 2012 09:34 Written by  Jordan DeSaulnier
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Haircut Odyssey: Two Trailers for Cronenberg's 'Cosmopolis'

Last month, our first look at footage from Cosmopolis was but a meager offering, a thirty four-second glimpse at director David Cronenberg's adaptation of the novel by literary asskicker Don DeLillo.  Today, though, there's an embarrassment of riches, as we have not one, but two exceedingly stylish theatrical trailers for Cosmopolis.

The film takes place over a single day in the life of Eric Packer, a billionaire asset manager played by Robert Pattinson, making a fascinating choice for a starring vehicle in a post-Twilight and Edward Cullen world.  Packer, whose engaged in some very risky financial ventures with massive sums of money, is looking to get a haircut, and what starts out as a quick jaunt in his mega-deluxe limo turns into a surreal and dangerous journey through Manhattan.

The central Cronenbergian preoccupations of sex and violence are both in abundance in these trailers.  The first is a domestic version, courtesy of Twitch, hailing Cosmopolis  as "The first film about our new millennium."  The second is an international version, a French trailer that's here thanks to Rope of Silicon, and it actually includes Packer's desire to get his hair cut.

The film doesn't yet have a domestic release date, but it's set to premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in France next month, so we'll be able to get some sense of just how crazy Cronenberg's take on DeLillo will get.  The director responsible for The Fly, Scanners, A History of Violence, Dead Ringers,  Videodrome, and The Dead Zone looks to be in fine form here.

Acting-wise, it's the Pattinson show, as he's carrying the whole movie, but there is a game supporting cast that includes Samantha Morton, Jay Baruchel, Juliette Binoche, Kevin Durand, Paul Giamatti, Mathieu Amalric, and Sarah Gadon.

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