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Andrea Riseborough and Christopher Abbott join Brandon Cronenberg's Possessor


Story by Jack Foley

ANDREA Riseborough (upcoming Nancy, The Death of Stalin) and Christopher Abbott (upcoming Catch-22, It Comes At Night) are set to star in Brandon Cronenberg’s anticipated sophomore feature film Possessor.

Arclight Films will represent worldwide rights to the sci-fi thriller and launch sales at the Cannes Film Market.

Cronenberg is directing from a script he wrote 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.

Gary Hamilton, chairman of Arclight Films, commented: “We are very delighted to be partnering with the producers of Possessor to represent this incredible new project from Brandon Cronenberg.

“Brandon has a superb talent and creative vision for storytelling with rich ideas and concepts. We are eager to present this visceral, high-concept project to our buyers at the market. I have no doubt our buyers will be enthusiastic to get their hands on it.”

Producer Niv Fichman added: “Andrea and Chris are among the most exciting and versatile actors working today and are perfectly suited to bring Brandon’s characters to life. 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.”

Brandon Cronenberg’s debut feature film, the sci-fi thriller Anti-viral, was in competition for the Cannes Film Festival’s Golden Camera and Un Certain Regard award. The film won Best Canadian First Feature Film at the Toronto International Film Festival for its ‘ambitious commentary and visual sophistication’.

Riseborough is upcoming in Nancy, a film she produced as well. She is currently in production on Zero Zero Zero, The Secrets from the Russian Tea Room and The Grudge. She is also upcoming in Cannes Film Festival Directors Fortnight selection Mandy opposite Nicolas Cage.

Abbott has starred in such films Josh Mond’s James White, for which he was nominated as Best Male Lead for an Independent Spirit Award and a Gotham Independent Film Award; Trey Edward Shults’ It Comes at Night opposite Joel Edgerton and Riley Keough and Sean Durkin’s dramatic thriller Martha Marcy May Marlene, opposite Elizabeth Olsen. He has also starred in the Golden Globe nominated series The Sinner.

He can next be seen in three films this Fall including Damian Chazelle’s First Man opposite Ryan Gosling, Tyrel for director Sebastian Silva and Piercing opposite Mia Wasikowska for director Nicolas Pesce.

Abbott is currently in production as the male lead in the upcoming George Clooney directed Hulu series Catch-22 opposite Clooney, Kyle Chandler and Hugh Laurie.