David Cronenberg‘s Cosmopolis seems to be swapping out the whole cast, one move at a time. Originally announced to be starring Colin Farrell and Marion Cotillard as the young billionaire and his wife, respectively, it would seem that the producers have decided to make that couple even younger by recasting the couple with Robert Pattinson and Keira Knightly. While Farrell was no Daniel Day-Lewis, he had proven his chops as a man at the end of his rope in films like Minority Report and Phone Booth, while Pattinson has proven to have one gear as an actor: brooding teenager Knowing Cronenberg, “brooding teenager” is probably not a facet of this role, so our guard is up.
Further, the talk on Paul Giamatti playing the billionaire’s stalker has died down as well, which ominously suggests that they might be turning Cosmopolis into The Game for a younger set. Ugh. Here’s to hoping they at least pull a down-on-his-luck William H. Macy or Phillip Seymour Hoffman in there to add some depth. That’s not to say Knightley isn’t a decent actress, but she’s so hot that it’s hard to pay attention to her role. Phillip Seymour Hoffman’s never had that problem.
Cosmopolis follows a billionaire (Pattinson) ove 24 hours as he cheats on his wife, gets stalked, and loses his fortune. Sounds like a pretty good premise. Here’s to hoping that they can get the right team together. (Playlist)