Viggo Mortensen Reteaming with Cronenberg in Talking Cure
by Ethan Anderton
March 9, 2010
Remember last month when we heard the recent Academy Award winning Christoph Waltz was replacing Sean Penn in Francis Lawrence's adaptation of Water for Elephants? Well, his taking on that role meant that he had to give one up, and Deadline reports that it was his forthcoming turn as the famous psychiatrist Sigmund Freud in David Cronenberg's The Talking Cure that has been swapped out for another actor. Waltz was swiftly replaced with the comparable talent of Viggo Mortensen in the story, based on a play by Christopher Hampton, about the conflict between Freud and his pupil Jung, played by Michael Fassbender.
Though Fassbender's involvement in the adaptation, as well as Keira Knightly's, has been locked for awhile, apparently Waltz's departure left it in jeopardy of being shelved. But with Mortensen's involvement, there's a level of comfort since he and Cronenberg came together twice for fantastic collaborations on A History of Violence and Eastern Promises. The Playlist also learned that Vincent Cassell (Eastern Promises, Ocean's 12) has joined the cast, but his role has yet to be revealed. Though I'm fine with Mortensen taking on the role, it would've been nice to see Waltz play something other than such a dastardly character again, since that's exactly what he's doing in Water for Elephants. We'll just have to see how both of these turn out.