A Dangerous Method is an upcoming historical film directed by David Cronenberg and starring Viggo Mortensen, Michael Fassbender, Keira Knightley and Vincent Cassel. The screenplay was adapted by Academy Award-winning writer Christopher Hampton from his 2002 stage play The Talking Cure, itself based on the 1993 non-fiction book by John Kerr, A Most Dangerous Method.
The film marks the third consecutive and overall collaboration between Cronenberg and Viggo Mortensen (after A History of Violence and Eastern Promises). This is also the third film British film producer Jeremy Thomas has made with Cronenberg, after together completing the William Burroughs adaptation Naked Lunch and the J.G. Ballard adaptation Crash. A Dangerous Method was a German/Canadian co-production.
Set on the eve of the World War II, A Dangerous Method is based on the turbulent relationships between fledgling psychiatrist Carl Jung, his mentor Sigmund Freud, and Sabina Spielrein, the troubled but beautiful young woman who comes between them.
- Viggo Mortensen as Sigmund Freud
- Michael Fassbender as Carl Jung
- Keira Knightley as Sabina Spielrein
- Vincent Cassel as Otto Gross
- Sarah Gadon as Emma Jung
Universal Pictures will release the film in German-speaking territories, while Lionsgate took rights to the United Kingdom. Sony Pictures Classics announced that they will be distributing A Dangerous Method in the United States. The film is scheduled for a European release in November 2011 after its world premiere at the 68th Venice International Film Festival.