In Cosmopolis, David Cronenberg, the Canadian master of psychological drama, takes on the roles of both screenwriter and director to bring Don DeLillo’s novel of the same name to life. Starring Twilight’s Robert Pattinson as 28 year-old billionaire asset manager Eric Packer, Cosmopolis is set in New York City in the not-too-distant future. While being chauffeured across the city in a stretch limo in order to get a haircut, Packer’s day devolves into a surprising odyssey as his world begins to unravel.
The yuan’s exchange rate begins to rise unexpectedly, destroying Packer’s bet against it. A visit from the President of the United States paralyses Manhattan. He becomes convinced that his assassination is imminent. Petrified of what is going on around him, Packer’s paranoia runs wild as he lives the most decisive 24 hours of his life.
Cosmopolis also features Jay Baruchel as Shiner, Paul Giamatti as Benno Levin, Kevin Durand as Torval, Juliette Binoche as Didi Fancher, and Samantha Morton as Vija Kinsky.