Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Well duh! Viggo replaces Christoph in Cronenberg film

When it was announced over a month ago that Michael will be starring in the new David Cronenberg film 'The Talking Cure' with Keira Knightley and Christoph Waltz, way in the back of my brain, I secretly wondered why wasn't Viggo Mortensen available for either role.

Well, it looks like the Gods heard my question and with Christoph's Oscar win, he has been inundated with film roles so he had to let 'Cure' go. So what does David do in this emergency? He calls up his muse, Viggo Mortensen and asks if he wants to play Sigmund Freud. I can't believe it because I have loved Cronenberg since I was a teenager, and loved Viggo way before the Lord of the Rings movies (and I met him several times at TIFF).

While I was very much looking forward to seeing Michael and Christoph work together again, I think it's more of a perfect match for Michael to work with Viggo Mortensen. I'm so damn excited I could breakdance!

Here is the Cinematical article about the switcharoo:

When an actor wins an Oscar, all bets are off, including the ones he's made with David Cronenberg. Last December, Cronenberg revived The Talking Cure and had recruited Michael Fassbender, Keira Knightley, and Christoph Waltz to psychoanalyze one another in the name of love and medicine. But Waltz has been buried in offers, and Deadline Hollywood Daily reports that he's dropped out of the project in favor of Water For Elephants. Luckily, Cronenberg has a very good actor and friend in his contacts, and he just called him up. The result is that Viggo Mortensen has now joined The Talking Cure as Sigmund Freud.

Cure centers on a young Carl Jung who uses Sigmund Freud's "talking cure" on a young and troubled Russian woman. In the process of psychoanalyzing her, he falls in love with her. Freud comes along, marvels at his success, and anoints him his psychiatric successor. When Jung starts to develop his own ideas about therapy, Freud isn't too happy, and their professional relationship sours. DHD says that the producers have promised "lots of spirited sex" which Cronenberg has always filmed rather well, so no surprise there.

Mortensen and Cronenberg have two excellent films under their belt, and there's no reason to sneer at a third. (Or a fourth if they ever make that Eastern Promises sequel.) I'm eager to see Mortensen work with Fassbender and Knightley (who both rank among my favorites) and the two method men should really fire up the screen. It's going to be good.


Maura said...

Hi Simone
I hope the first week in your new job is going well. Good luck!
Other Fassy news, Michael is going to be the grand marshall of Killarney's St. Patrick's Day parade next week. There will be some screaming going on then I bet. Further details are available here

Simone said...

Thanks for the info Maura, I'll be on the look out for more news about pictures about this.

Anonymous said...

oh wow Viggo & Michael in the same picture this sounds very very good. I can't agree with you about Kiera though in fact I strongly disagree - I worry about the chemistry. Michael has it in buckets obviously but I think Kiera is totally lacking any kind of spark. And I would guard against even associating Michael & John Barrowman on the same blog. From the sublime to the ridiculous.