Cannes Film Fest 2019: Possessor, Cronenberg’s Sci-Fi, Starring Christopher (Catch 22) Abbott

Cannes Fest 2019–Christopher Abbott is bound to become a star–a major player of the new generation, based on his turn in George Clooney’s Catch 22 TV series, which premieres this week.

In Possessor, from writer-director Brandon Cronenberg (son of famous filmmaker David Cronenberg) he continues his ascent.

Arclight in Cannes is  selling international rights to the sci-fi thriller, which also stars Andrea Riseborough, Rossif Sutherland, Tuppence Middleton, Sean Bean and Jennifer Jason Leigh.

Cronenberg, whose feature directorial debut Antiviral premiered in the Un Certain Regard competition in Cannes in 2012, also wrote the script.

The tale centers on 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 Vos soon finds herself trapped in the mind of an unwitting suspect (Abbott) whose appetite for violence turns out to rival her own.

Producers include Fraser Ash, Niv Fichman, and Kevin Krikst of Rhombus Media (Enemy, Into The Forest) and Andy Starke of Rook Films (Free Fire, Kill List). Arclight’s Gary Hamilton and Ryan Hamilton are exec producing.
Possessor has already been snapped up for North America, with Well Go USA striking a deal for U.S. distribution and Elevation Pictures coming on board for Canada.