Before his debut as Paul Atreides in Denis Villeneuve’s forthcoming adaptation of Dune, Timothée Chalamet has been cast as Edgar Scissorhands, son of the titular Edward Scissorhands, from the classic 1990 Tim Burton gothic fairy tale about trying to fit in as an outsider in the confines of idyllic suburbia.
In the commercial for the All-Electric Cadillac Lyric, Winona Ryder reprises her role as Kim Boggs, Edward’s love interest in the original movie, and mother of the Chalamet’s Edgar.
But whereas the cult classic film sees Kim as an old woman recounting the tale of her ill-fated romance with the shock-headed Edward to her grandchild, this short film imagines Kim raising their son.
Like his father, whose heart is made of a cookie courtesy of his creator Vincent Price, Edgar grapples with the difficulties of having scissors for hands. During the course of a frustrating day, Edgar accidentally snips the cord to request a stop while riding a bus, gets magnets stuck to his hands during science class, and punctures and deflates a football. When he tries to utilize his talents at charcuterie while working at a deli, his manager admonishes him to just “stick to the menu”.
With another day in his routine, flummoxed by missing the bus yet again, Edgar dreams of instead driving a car using a VR headset. When Kim sees this, she decides to bring to life the old idiom, “Look mom, no hands”, and surprises Edgar with a car with hands-free driving capabilities.
As opposed to the bittersweet ending in the film where within the garden at his Gothic Mansion, his father Edward would blanket the town in snowfall with the carving of his ice sculptures, the commercial ends with Ryder’s narration, stating that “Edgar drove off into the sunset”, but made it home in time for a warm dinner.
Watch the commercial below: