The father of body horror is back. David Cronenberg, who helped birth the genre with early works such as Shivers and Rabid and perfected it with the likes of 1979's The Fly and 1983's Videodrome, is returning to his roots with Crimes of the Future.
"Crimes of the Future is an evolution of things I have done before," the director says. "Fans will see key references to other scenes and moments from my other films. That's a continuity of my understanding of technology as connected to the human body."
Cronenberg's first feature in nearly a decade, Crimes of the Future stars Viggo Mortensen as Saul Tenser, a performance artist whose works revolve around showcasing the metamorphosis of his organs. Kristen Stewart co-stars as a National Organ Registry investigator named Timlin, whose obsessive tracking of Saul uncovers a mysterious group whose mission could lead to the next phase of human evolution.
"Crimes of the Future is a meditation on human evolution," Cronenberg says. "Specifically, the ways in which we have had to take control of the process because we have created such powerful environments that did not exist previously. At this critical junction in human history, one wonders — can the human body evolve to solve problems we have created?"
Watch the redband trailer for Crimes of the Future below, as well as the previously released teaser.
Crimes of the Future will premiere during the Cannes Film Festival before opening in theaters on June 3.