By MICHAEL GINGOLD
The writer/director’s follow-up to ANTIVIRAL is a sci-fi shocker that’s now set for Stateside exposure.
Neon has announced that it has acquired the U.S. rights to POSSESSOR, Brandon Cronenberg’s second feature, which had its world premiere and received raves at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. The film reunites Cronenberg with cinematographer Karim Hussain (WE ARE STILL HERE, HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN), and the cast is headed by Andrea Riseborough (MANDY), Christopher Abbott (PIERCING), Tuppence Middleton (who co-stars with Cronenberg’s dad David in DISAPPEARANCE AT CLIFTON HILL), Sean Bean (THE LORD OF THE RINGS franchise) and Jennifer Jason Leigh. The synopsis: “POSSESSOR follows corporate agent Tasya Vos [Riseborough] who works for a secretive organization that uses brain-implant technology to inhabit other people’s bodies—ultimately driving them to commit assassinations for high-paying clients.”
“Neon is a hugely exciting distributor,” Cronenberg says, “and I’ve been eager to work with them for a while now. I’m thrilled they are taking on POSSESSOR in collaboration with Well Go USA, who made production of the film possible.” Stay tuned for details of the movie’s release.