'Maps to the Stars': The Movie That Took 20 Years To Write [Trailer + Pictures]

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Ok, so David Cronenberg's latest movie Maps to the Stars - which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in May - will more than likely pull in a sizable teenage audience, given it stars Twlight's very own Robert Pattinson. Though without making too many assumptions, a chunk of those paying their $20 may have thought better of it by the end of the satirical drama, which delves into the celebrity-obsessed culture that made Pattinson's vampire franchise a global hit.

Robert Pattinson Maps to the StarsRobert Pattinson in 'Maps to the Stars'

It's written by Bruce Wagner, the tattooed Ambulance driver turned novelist who Cronenberg has compared to James Joyce. "He's unafraid to express the moment . to go to the darkest places. Hollywood is his Dublin," he told the Los Angeles Times, adding that Wagner is "a kind of star on the red carpet. He's not a typical writer. He's comfortable with cameras and microphones.

Maps to the Stars - in which Pattinson appears alongside Julianne Moore, John Cusack and Mia Wasikowska - tells the story of a Hollywood family on the verge of implosion. Cusack plays Stafford Weiss, a famed TV self-help therapist whose 'Hour of Personal Power' has brought him A-list celebrity status. Wasikowska is the pyromaniac estranged daughter of Weiss, while Pattinson plays Jerome Fontana, a limo driver and struggling actor who wants to be a successful screenwriter and who is inspired by one Mr Bruce Wagner.

Watch the 'Maps to the Stars' trailer:

Quite how this one is going to go down come its September 26 release date is unclear - it received mixed reviews at Cannes (Peter Bradshaw called it "A gripping and exquisitely horrible movie about contemporary Hollywood" while Drew McWeeney said "I don't get it. I look at these images in this film, and I can't imagine this is what anyone had in mind")

John Cusack Maps to the StarsJohn Cusack in 'Maps to the Stars'

Mia Wasikowska
Mia Wasikowska [L] and Julianne Moore [R] in 'Maps to the Stars'

Julianne Moore
Julianne Moore in 'Maps to the Stars'

Mia Wasikowska
Mia Wasikowska, with a black glove on, in 'Maps to the Stars'


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