David Cronenberg has some 40 directing jobs to his name, and we all know that as a director he is truly unique. As an actor, however, Cronenberg has surprisingly appeared in 26 films or TV shows including Jason X, Extreme Measures, The Grace of God, The Stupids and he even appeared in TV show Alias.
Now he is set to get in front of the camera again for an adaptation of author Don DeLillo’s The Body Artist. This will be the second time Cronenberg has worked with DeLillo after he adapted DeLillo’s Cosmopolis into a film last year.
The film will be re-titled Body Art, and will be directed by Luca Guadagino (I Am Love). Denis Lavant, who gave a mesmerizing performance in Leos Carax’s Holy Motors, will star in the film. Isabelle Huppert (The Piano Teacher, Amour) will also star in the film. It is not yet known exactly where Cronenberg will fit in.
Body Art is a haunting tale about an actress (Huppert) grieving over the loss of her lover (Lavant), but things get a little strange.
Here is the book synopsis, courtesy of Amazon:
A novel that is both slight and profound, a distilled meditation on perception and loss, and a poised, individual ghost story for the twenty-first century’ Observer The Body Artist begins with normality: breakfast between a married couple, Lauren and Rey, in their ramshackle rented house on the New England coast. Recording their delicate, intimate, half-complete thoughts and words, DeLillo proves himself a stunningly unsentimental observer of our idiosyncratic relationships. But after breakfast, Rey makes a decision that leaves Lauren utterly alone, or seems to. As Lauren, the body artist of the title, becomes strangely detached from herself and the temporal world, the novel becomes an exploration of a highly abnormal grieving process; a fascinating exposé of ‘who we are when we are not rehearsing who we are’; and a rarefied study of trauma and creativity, absence and presence, isolation and communion. ‘A masterly portrait of the impact of death on those who live.