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If there's anything we've learned from our multiple viewings of the French teaser trailer for Cosmopolis, it's that we should just embrace the weirdness. Yes, that is Robert Pattinson shooting himself in the hand. Yes, those are giant dinosaurs and rats wandering around Manhattan. Yes, he is getting naked and having sex with about a million-and-a-half people (approximately) in this 30-second video. Watch it below!
Directed by David Cronenberg, Cosmopolis is based on the novel of the same name by Don DeLillo. It's basically about as a far from Twilight's Edward Cullen as Pattinson is ever going to get, and that's one of the reasons we've been so excited to get a first look at the trailer. Now that it's here, it's honestly sort of what we expected. No, we didn't think giant rodents would be wandering around the Big Apple, but the surreal nature of the trailer and the all-around insanity seem to be taken straight out of the pages of DeLillo's novel, and are very much in line with Cronenberg's directing style (he's the man behind The Fly, if you need a point of reference).
In case you're wondering about the plot, here's a translation of the synopsis posted on the French production company's website: "Eric (Pattinson), a 28 year old 'golden boy,' turned his life into a violent and obsessive microcosm of today's world, above which a looming shadow leads to the worship of 'matter' above all things. A frenetic and visual work in a unity of space and time, 24 hours in New York."
Hmm... on second thought, perhaps we'd better give you our own synopsis. Basically, the book and film follow hot-shot billionaire Eric on an odyssey across Manhattan to get a haircut. Along the way he (obviously) has sex with a lot of women, runs into his wife a bevy of times (including once lying naked in the street) and is stalked by two assassins -- all while losing a ton of money on the stock market. Just another day in N.Y.C.!
Cosmopolis doesn't currently have an American release date, but the teaser says that French fans can expect to see it on May 23. That seems to confirm the rumor that the movie will be making its big-screen debut at this year's Cannes Film Festival, which runs from May 16 to 27 in France.