The Shrouds: Sandrine Holt joins David Cronenberg thriller as production start date nears

Sandrine Holt has joined Vincent Cassel, Diane Kruger, and Guy Pearce in the David Cronenberg thriller The Shrouds

A few months ago, it was announced that Sandrine Holt (American Gigolo) had joined the cast of the Marvel / Disney+ series Daredevil: Born Again, where she’s playing Vanessa Fisk, a character who was played by Ayelet Zurer in the Netflix Daredevil series. Daredevil: Born Again is currently in production, but Holt has managed to fit another interesting project into her schedule: Deadline reports that Holt has signed on to play a role in writer/director David Cronenberg’s new thriller The Shrouds.

Holt joins Vincent Cassel (who worked with Cronenberg on Eastern Promises and A Dangerous Method), Diane Kruger (Inglourious Basterds), and Guy Pearce (Memento) in the cast.

Cassel will be taking on the role of Karsh, an innovative businessman and grieving widower, who builds a novel device to connect with the dead inside a burial shroud. This burial tool installed at his own state-of-the-art though controversial cemetery allows him and his clients to watch their specific departed loved one decompose in real time. Karsh’s revolutionary business is on the verge of breaking into the international mainstream when several graves within his cemetery are vandalized and nearly destroyed, including that of his wife. While he struggles to uncover a clear motive for the attack, the mystery of who wrought this havoc, and why, drive him to reevaluate his business, marriage and fidelity to his late wife’s memory, as well as push him to new beginnings.

Details on Kruger and Pearce’s characters have not been revealed. Holt will be playing “a mysterious woman, the wife of a billionaire, who contacts Cassel’s Karsh about a strange project involving her husband”. Cronenberg has said that The Shrouds is “a very personal project for me. People who know me will know parts of it are autobiographical.

The Shrouds is set to begin filming in Toronto on May 8th. Saïd Ben Saïd of SBS Productions and Martin Katz of Prospero Pictures, both of whom worked with Cronenberg on Crimes of the Future, are producing. Given that Crimes of the Future only made $4.5 million at the global box office, it’s good to see that they’re still sticking with Cronenberg. Distribution is being handled by SBS International.

Are you Cronenberg fan, and are you looking forward to The Shrouds? What do you think of Sandrine Holt joining the cast? Let us know by leaving a comment below.

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