The first trailer for A Dangerous Method, starring Keira Knightley, Viggo Mortensen, Michael Fassbender and Vincent Cassel, has been released – and it’s certainly raising a few eyebrows…
While Keira Knightley might be more used to being given prim and plummy roles in her films (Pride and Prejudice, Atonement for example), this film will see her playing a troubled Russian patient of psychiatry novice, Carl Jung (Michael Fassbender), who encourages her to follow her more primal urges. Jung is mentored by psychoanalysis pioneer, Sigmund Freud, played by Viggo Mortensen, while Vincent Cassel takes on the role of fellow student, Otto Gross.
The script comes from award-winning writer, Christopher Hampton, and is an adaptation of his 2002 stage play, The Talking Cure. The play itself was based on A Most Dangerous Method – a 1993 non-fiction book by John Kerr. Hampton is certainly no stranger to adaptations, having been nominated for an Academy Award following his adaptation of Ian McEwan‘s novel Atonement, and winning the award in 1988 for his screen adaptation of his stage play, Dangerous Liaisons.
The film has been directed by David Cronenberg, who is more commonly known for his work within the ‘body horror’ genre. A Dangerous Method will mark his third consecutive collaboration with Mortensen, as the pair have worked together on A History Of Violence and Eastern Promises, although it was actually Christoph Waltz who was initially cast in the role of Freud.
Set shortly before the First World War, the trailer has already got critics talking about what looks set to be another weird, but compelling feature film from this acclaimed director – but could A Dangerous Method prove too risqué for some audiences? Take a look for yourself below.