ENTERTAINMENT ONE AND PROSPERO PICTURES ANNOUNCE
MIA WASIKOWSKA, OLIVIA WILLIAMS AND EVAN BIRD
JOIN DAVID CRONENBERG THRILLER
MAPS TO THE STARS
All-star cast also includes Julianne Moore, John Cusack, Sarah Gadon and Robert Pattinson
eOne Films International to distribute worldwide and launch sales of the film in Cannes
Toronto/Los Angeles – May 8, 2013 – Entertainment One Films (“eOne”) and Martin Katz’s Prospero Pictures are pleased to announce that Mia Wasikowska (Lawless, Jane Eyre, Alice in Wonderland), Olivia Williams (Hyde Park on the Hudson, The Ghost Writer), and Evan Bird (TV’s The Killing) have joined the all-star cast of the upcoming thriller Maps to the Stars from award-winning director David Cronenberg, which is set to begin production this July in Toronto and Los Angeles.
Maps to the Stars is a haunting ghost story and scathing attack on the celebrity-obsessed society of LA. Following an exhaustive search, Cronenberg found newcomer Bird for the role of Benjie, a troubled, drug-addicted child star, while Williams will play Cristina his manipulative mother. Wasikowska comes on board as Benjie’s sister Agatha, his disfigured, schizophrenic, fame-obsessed sister.
Wasikowska, Williams and Bird join Julianne Moore (The Kids Are All Right, Game Change, Children of Men), John Cusack (2012, Identity, Being John Malkovich), Robert Pattinson (The Twilight Saga series, Water for Elephants) and Sarah Gadon (A Dangerous Method, Antiviral), who are already cast.
“The level of talent that we are attracting to this film speaks to the continuing allure of David Cronenberg,” said producer Martin Katz. “We are thrilled to share these latest casting additions as we take this exciting new project to Cannes.”
Co-financed by eOne and Prospero Pictures, the film is being produced by Prospero Pictures’ Martin Katz together with SBS Productions’ Saïd Ben Saïd. Sentient Entertainment's Renee Tab, Cronenberg's manager, will executive produce. eOne’s Benedict Carver is executive producing and will oversee the film for the studio. Integral Films’ Alfred Hurmer is co-producing.
Written by Bruce Wagner (Wild Palms), the film’s talented production team also includes Deirdre Bowen (casting), Carol Spier (production designer), Peter Suschitzky (DOP), Ron Sanders (editor) and Academy Award-winner Howard Shore (composer).
Launching sales of the film in Cannes, eOne Films International will handle worldwide rights. eOne will directly distribute Maps to the Stars in the U.S., Canada, the UK and Australia/NZ.
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Entertainment One Ltd. (LSE:ETO) is a leading international entertainment company that specializes in the acquisition, production and distribution of film and television content. The company’s comprehensive network extends around the globe including Canada, the U.S., the UK, Ireland, Spain Benelux, France, Germany, Scandinavia, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and South Korea. Through established Entertainment and Distribution divisions, the company provides extensive expertise in film distribution, television and music production, family programming and merchandising and licensing. Its current rights library is exploited across all media formats and includes more than 35,000 film and television titles, 2,700 hours of television programming and 45,000 music tracks.
eOne Films International is the division's global sales arm, acquiring titles from leading indie film producers and selling them to distribution partners worldwide. Recent titles generating critical acclaim and strong sales include award winners THE HUNTER and SLEEPING BEAUTY and Academy Award® nominees BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD, INCENDIES, ANIMAL KINGDOM and WASTE LAND. Upcoming titles include Atom Egoyan’s QUEEN OF THE NIGHT, THE F WORD, starring Daniel Radcliffe, and CUT BANK.