Rachel Weisz, Robert Pattinson, and Viggo Mortensen

Robert Pattinson And Rachel Weisz Still On Board For Maps To The Stars, Viggo Mortensen Uncertain

Maps to the Stars, David Cronenberg’s in-development indie currently starring Robert Pattinson and Rachel Weisz, may be going forward without his long term collaborator Viggo Mortensen.

In an interview with Details, the Canadian auteur revealed that Mortensen might not sign on for the indie despite earlier indications that this could happen. He said:

“I don’t think Viggo will be able to do it, but with the other two, so far, so good. Have they signed? No. But they have a verbal commitment if everything works out and if other things don’t come along. It’s still very possible for the three of them, but it’s far from certain. That’s life in the indie film world.”

So it’s not a firm “no” to Mortensen, but then it’s not an unqualified “yes” to all three actors either.

Mortensen — whose most recent outing was playing William S. Burroughs in Walter Salles’ adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s On the Road — is currently slated for two upcoming films, Lisandro Alonso’s untitled work and Neil Marshall’s Dracula flick, The Last Voyage of Demeter.

Whether or not Mortensen is juggling scheduling, financial concerns, or something personal isn’t clear, but these kinds of logistics certainly become more pronounced in the realm of indie filmmaking.

It’s something Cronenberg has spoken about before. In May 2012, while promoting his latest film Cosmopolis, which also stars Pattinson, the 69-year-old told Indiewire:

“It’s not a go picture. We have a script that I love that Bruce [Wagner] wrote,” he said. “It’s a very difficult film to get made as was Cosmopolis actually. Whether I can get this movie to happen, I tried it five years ago, I couldn’t get it made, so I still might not be able to get it made.”

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