David Cronenberg made his fans wait eight long years between 2014’s Maps to the Stars and last year’s Crimes of the Future. While the film didn’t make much of a splash, it was well-received at Cannes and by its intended audience. The wait won’t be nearly as long for Cronenberg’s next project, titled The Shrouds, because it’s already got an impressive cast in place.
Deadline reports that Cronenberg plans to shoot The Shrouds this May, and he’s lined up Vincent Cassel, Diane Kruger, and Guy Pearce to star. Kruger actually steps in to replace Lea Seydoux, who had to drop out shortly after working with Cronenberg on Crimes of the Future.
The Shrouds stars Cassel as Karsh, an innovative businessman and widower who fashions a unique device that allows grieving family members to watch their deceased loved ones decompose in real-time. When someone breaks into Karsh’s cemetery and begins desecrating graves, including that of his wife, he must discover who and why.
Cassel is an old hand at working with Cronenberg, having starred in Eastern Promises and A Dangerous Method. However, this is the first time for Pearce and Kruger.