The Fly director David Cronenberg returns to his trademark body horror genre in the new trailer for Crimes of the Future, the filmmaker’s upcoming sci-fi film.
The movie — which will premiere in competition at the Cannes Film Festival later this month — stars longtime collaborator Viggo Mortensen alongside Kristen Stewart and Lea Seydoux, with Mortensen playing a celebrity performance artist who “publicly showcases the metamorphosis of his organs in avant-garde performances,” production house Neon said of the film.
Judging by the red-band trailer — watch with caution — Crimes of the Future seems tailor-made for fans of Cronenberg offerings like Crash (which turned car accidents into a fetish) and his sci-fi horror works like 1983’s Videodrome and 1999’s Existenz, the latter the director’s last foray into the genre before a two-decade stretch of more grounded but no-less-adventurous features.
“Surgery is the new sex,” Stewart’s character whispers in Mortensen’s ear midway through the trailer.
Following its Cannes premiere, Crimes of the Future — Cronenberg’s first film since 2014’s Maps to the Stars — arrives in theaters on June 3.