News: Andrea Riseborough & Christopher Abbott To Star In Brandon Cronenberg's Sci-Fi Horror Film Possessor

Andrea Riseborough (Birdman, ZeroZeroZero) and Christopher Abbott (First Man, Catch 22) will star Brandon Cronenberg’s second feature Possessor

Cronenberg’s, son of famed director David Cronenberg, first feature length film was 2012 body-horror film Antiviral, which played at festivals including Cannes, Toronto and London. It is expected to begin filming in November. 

Possessor is about Tasya Vos (Riseborough), an agent for a secretive organization who uses brain-implant technology to inhabit other people’s bodies, driving them to commit assassinations for the benefit of high-paying clients. But something goes wrong on a routine job, and she soon finds herself trapped in the mind of an unwitting suspect (Abbott) whose appetite for violence turns out to rival her own.

It is being produced by Fraser Ash (Into The Forest), Niv Fichman (Enemy), and Kevin Krikst (Closet Monster) of Antiviral outfit Rhombus Media, and Ben Wheatley’s regular collaborator Andy Starke (Free Fire) of Rook Films. Telefilm Canada and the Ontario Media Development Corporation are serving as co-participants for the project. Elevation Pictures will distribute the film in Canada. Arclight’s Gary Hamilton and Ryan Hamilton will Executive Produce, alongside Steven Squillante and David U. Lee of Leeding Media, Noah Segal and Adrian Love of Elevation Pictures, and Tony Roman.

“Andrea and Chris are among the most exciting and versatile actors working today and are perfectly suited to bring Brandon’s characters to life,” said producer Niv Fichman. “We’re also thrilled to partner with Arclight and Leeding – they’re world class collaborators who are as passionate about Brandon’s unique vision as we are.”