Cronenberg’s ‘The Talking Cure’ Cast Gets Shake Up

David Cronenberg’s new film The Talking Cure has been hit with a cast shake up, with previously announced star Christoph Waltz backing out of the project.

According to DeadlineHollywood, the reason behind the change is that Waltz has also signed on to play a psychopathic animal trainer in Water For Elephants and had to choose between films.

Stepping in to Waltz’s role of Sigmund Freud will be Viggo Mortensen, reuniting him with Cronenberg who previously directed him in Eastern Promises and A History of Violence.

In addition to Mortensen, Vincent Cassel, star of Mesrine, will be joining the cast. The Playlist blog posted the translated announcement from French distributor Mars Films’ Facebook page:

The cast of THE TALKING CURE the next film by David Cronenberg has been announced Viggo Mortensen and Michael Fassbender will play respectively Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung, along with Keira Knightley and Vincent Cassel.

Luckily all of this comes before the scheduled shooting date of 17th May so as not to cause big delays. While I’m sad to see Christoph Waltz leave the project, I’m happy that he’s continuing to do big films rather than going back to strictly European cinema. But now that he’s won an Oscar, will he be struck down with the Oscar curse?

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