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David Cronenberg's Great Cast for 'The Talking Cure'

David Cronenberg, who while we weren't looking apparently became a mainstream filmmaker, has signed up Keira Knightley and Basterds co-stars Christoph waltz and Michael Fassbender for an adaptation of Christopher Hampton's play The Talking Cure. The Playlist cites a Facebook post by Australian outfit Hopscotch Films, proving that news can come from just about anywhere these days.

The story revolves around Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud, so I guess that makes this an action movie, huh? The fathers of psychoanalysis met in 1907, and maintained a long relationship. Freud was about 20 years older, so I'd guess that means Waltz is Sigmund and Fassbender is Jung. As for Knightley, here's how she fits in:

"A beautiful young woman, driven mad by her past. An ambitious doctor on a mission to succeed. An esteemed mentor with a revolutionary cure. Let the mind games begin…"

Keira has received generally strong reviews for her West End debut in a new stage version of Moliere's The Misanthrope, and she'll need pretty good moves to stay on screen here, although I think she's usually up to the task. No complaints about the cast at all.

The Playlist also says that Cronenberg's Robert Ludlum film, The Matarese Circle, has been ditched because Tom Cruise chose to make Knight & Day. That's a shame. Not so much the Cruise angle (there are dozens of other options), but that we won't get a Cronenberg spy movie. At least not for a while longer.

Reader Comments (3)

Great cast and director. Pretty excited for this news... Fassbender might be my favourite actor working today and Waltz had the best role of the year (somehow always the supporting male role - Bardem in No Country, Ledger in TDK and the list goes on).

Wednesday, December 23, 2009 | Unregistered Commenteranybody

Great analogy anybody....didnt think of Waltz in that specific way...

Wow what a cast,, this has Oscar worthy written all over it, marvelous casting and the story seems extremely ambitious...

LOVE KNIGHTLY, WALTZ, & my introduction to Fassbender (through Basterds) has been wonderful...great work by the director, I was waiting to see this man's work after the brilliant & often looked over Eastern Promises w/ Viggo

Wednesday, December 23, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSEAN

Sean, to see all you need to see about Fassbender and how great he is just watch Hunger (a fantastic film from a first time director in Steve McQueen). Plus you probably have seen him before, as Stelios in 300.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009 | Unregistered Commenteranybody

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