Recurring actor-director unions have yielded some enduring successes. Tim Burton and Johnny Depp. Robert DeNiro and Martin Scorsese. Steven Soderbergh and George Clooney. Toshiro Mifune and Akira Kurosawa. Guillermo del Toro and Ron Perlman. Albert Pyun and Tim Thomerson.

Will Viggo Mortensen and David Cronenberg also soon join the ranks of these immortal duets?

Mortensen will help the new flesh live longer by reuniting with hisĀ A History of Violence helmer for his latest project, a London-based thriller called Eastern Promises. The story, written by Dirty Pretty Things scribe Steve Knight, follows a nurse looking into the death of a Russian girl during childbirth, who turns out to have been part of a sex-trafficking organization. The Vig plays a guy involved with the Russian mob who probably shoots people in the face.

Viggo will next be seen as the titular swordsman in Alatriste, while Cronenberg also has the satirical Tinseltown tale Map to the Stars in the works.