The excerpt finds Robert Pattinson and Sarah Gadon engaged in dialogue at a New York diner that maybe brings to mind a little the simplicity of Tom Stall's place in A History of Violence. Pattinson's character, Eric Packer, is looking to knock boots or otherwise be inflamed in sensory overload, while Gadon's Elise Shifrin is just asked Packer to be nice to her.
The clip debuted at the French site Allocine, which explains the subtitles.
Based on DeLillo's novel, the story follows 28 year old billionaire asset manager and modern master of the universe Packer over a single day, a day on which he's engaged in some exceedingly risky international monetary gambles. When he decides that he urgently needs a haircut for no particular reason, Packer hops into his mega-deluxe limousine and ends up on a strange journey through a Manhattan wracked by economic protests, surreal craziness, and a conspiracy to assassinate the young man.
Cronenberg directs from a screenplay he wrote, and this looks like a return to the surreal sex and violence that fans so associate with the director. Robert Pattinson has the film on his shoulders, but he also gets a bit of support from Sarah Gadon, Paul Giamatti, Jay Baruchel, Kevin Durand, Mathieu Amalric, Samantha Morton, Juliette Binoche, Anna Hardwick, and Patricia McKenzie.
Cosmopolis does not yet have a domestic release, but it's set to premiere at the Cannes Film Festival later this month.