Trio on board for Cronenberg’s dark comedic drama.

French news outlet Allocine is hearing word that David Cronenberg is set to work with Viggo Mortensen (‘A Dangerous Method,’ ‘The Eastern Promises,’ ‘A History of Violence’), Robert Pattinson (‘Cosmopolis’) and Rachel Weisz (‘Oz: The Great and Powerful’) on his next directorial effort, ‘Maps to the Stars.’

Scripted by Bruce Wagner (‘A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors’), ‘Maps to the Stars’ is a darkly comic look at Hollywood excess and intrigue.

Explaining the film to Variety when it was first announced, Cronenberg said, “You could say it’s a Hollywood film because the characters are agents, actors and managers, but it is not a satire like ‘The Player.’ Hollywood is a world that is seductive and repellent at the same time, and it is the combination of the two that makes it so potent. I won’t fall back on some clichés or simplistic sloganeering, because the culture and what it reveals about Western culture and the rest of the world is very complex.”

‘Maps to the Stars’ is expected to begin shooting in May in Los Angeles with a budget of $ 15 million. French producer Saïd Ben Saïd (‘Passion,’ ‘Carnage’) will produce with Paulo Branco, who previously produced Cronenberg’s ‘Cosmopolis’ and ‘A Dangerous Method.’