Post-Twilight, Kristen Stewart has kept a relatively low profile. She did the arthouse thing with On the Road (remember that one, the one where she got naked?), but little else. Perhaps it was the high-profile affair she had with Rupert Sanders, her Snow White and the Huntsman director, or perhaps she was just a little tired after churning out five Twilight movies over five years. But now the actress has signed up for a role in a remake of George Orwell’s 1984 that will gear the story towards young romance, and is seemingly called Equals.
She’ll be costarring with Nicholas Hoult, recently of Jack the Giant Slayer and Warm Bodies, who is also no stranger to the problems of being young and in love. The film is to be directed by Drake Doremus, best known for Like Crazy. Stewart told the AP “I can’t believe I agreed to do it. I’m terrified of it. Though it’s a movie with a really basic concept, it’s overtly ambitious. It’s a love story of epic, epic, epic proportion. I’m scared.”
Some are complaining that the film is being geared towards the romance angle instead of focusing on the more science fiction elements of the book, which was written in fear of the rise of state government control and socialism. Though the date of the book has past, those fears of government control and overreach are evergreen, and here it will all depend on the execution of the material. That said, the novel contains a love story, so it’s not like focusing on that dooms it to be a bad adaption. There’s no release date yet, but if this film does come together, it will test Stewart’s star power in an interesting way.
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