You’d think that if a David Cronenberg film with Julianne Moore, Robert Pattinson, John Cusack, and Olivia Williams were about to come out, you’d have heard people talking almost endlessly about it for months. Well, that may not be true at all. I would think that I would have heard people though, because everyone who has to talk about movies, and everyone who listens to those people, ought to have been bombarded to the point of annoyance by now.

Not that you haven’t heard about the movie, perhaps, but this film ought to be a huge deal, and ought to have people excited.

Well, let’s see if we can change that.

First, this is one of the cooler trailers you’re going to run into, and it shows off the entire cast. Especially strong in the film is Mia Wasikowska, who doesn’t get nearly enough credit in general, and you get a good feel for her in the trailer.

It’s the sort of thing that could probably only come from Cronenberg, and even just in the trailer delivers his unique brand of tonal eeriness.

Take a look below, and let me know what you think.


Maps to the Stars Trailer

[springboard type=”video” id=”1338289″ player=”arey029″ width=”620″ height=”380″ ]


Meet the Weiss family, who are making their way in Hollywood rife with money, fame, envy, and relentless hauntings.  Stafford Weiss (John Cusack) is a famed TV self-help therapist with an A-list celebrity clientele.  Meanwhile, Cristina Weiss (Olivia Williams) has her work cut out managing the career of their disaffected child-star son, Benjie (Evan Bird), a fresh graduate of rehab at age 13.

Yet unbeknownst to them, another member of the Weiss family has arrived in town – mysteriously scarred and tormented Agatha (Mia Wasikowska), just released from a psych ward and ready to start again.   She soon works her way into a friendship with a limo driver (Robert Pattinson) and becomes personal assistant to unraveling actress Havana Segrand (Julianne Moore), who is beset by the ghost of her legendary mother, Clarice (Sarah Gadon).  But Agatha is on a quest for redemption – and even in this realm of the artificial, and the unearthly, she’s determined to find it, no matter what it takes.


Cast: Julianne Moore, Mia Wasikowska, with John Cusack and Robert Pattinson
Directed by: David Cronenberg
Written by: Bruce Wagner


Marc Eastman is the owner and operator of Are You Screening? and has been writing film reviews for over a decade, and several branches of the internet's film review world have seen his name. He is also a member of The Broadcast Film Critics Association and The Broadcast Television Journalists Association.