ABC - Kristen Stewart has signed on to play the lead in "Like Crazy" director Drake Doremus' futuristic love story "Equals," and it's making her a nervous wreck.
"I can't believe I agreed to do it," said the "Twilight" actress about her upcoming role in the sci-fi drama, which also stars Nicholas Hoult of the upcoming "X-Men: Days of Future Past."
Stewart describes "Equals" as a slightly updated version of the 1956 film "1984," based on George Orwell's classic 1949 novel about rebellion in a repressed futuristic society. "Equals" begins filming later this year.
"I'm terrified of it," said the 23-year-old actress in a recent interview. "Though it's a movie with a really basic concept, it's overtly ambitious."
"In 'Equals,' things go wrong because you can't deny the humanity in everyone," said Stewart. "It's the most devastating story."
Adds Doremus of his sixth film: "It's about love in a world where love really doesn't exist anymore."
Written by Nathan Parker ("Moon"), "Equals" is the first film Doremus will direct that he didn't write himself.
"I trust Drake's process and I know we will do something really natural and real," said Stewart. "But I told Drake, 'Don't expect that I am going to be able to do this. It's too hard.' But he wouldn't take 'no' for an answer. I've given directors disclaimers before, but never this much."
Jennifer Lawrence, who appeared in 2011's "Like Crazy," was one of the first actresses to read Parker's script. Though the story brought her to tears, she couldn't see herself in the role, said Doremus.
"It became evident in my head that Nick and Kristen would have great chemistry," the director said.
"It's a love story of epic, epic, epic proportion," added Stewart. "I'm scared."
This week, the actress heads to the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, where she'll star in writer-director Peter Sattler's soldier film "Camp X-Ray."
Yahoo - Stewart, who was last at the festival in 2010 when she was promoting her role as Joan Jett in "The Runaways," says "Camp X-Ray" was one of the rare scripts she'd read that made her want to work again after her two-year acting hiatus following the "Twilight" movies.
"At my age it's difficult to find stuff that isn't completely derivative," said the 23-year-old in a recent interview. "Most parts are imitating something else that was popular."
With "Snow White and the Huntsman 2" coming in 2015, Stewart's big-budget franchise days are far from over. "But it's a little bit more difficult to create the environment that I thrive in on a bigger movie," she explains. "I prefer doing smaller ones. They're quicker. I like intensive things and then I like to walk away."
ABC - In an interview with The Associated Press, Stewart said she relished playing such a strong character.
"It's a movie about somebody who doesn't seem made up. I read this thing and felt like I wanted to stand up for her. It felt really real to me and I felt like it was something that I was willing to do anything for," she said in a phone interview last week. "I haven't played too many parts that I feel like are really outside of myself. And it's quiet and when something really quiet punches you in the stomach, that's what I like to do."
Sattler originally intended Stewart's role for a male, but he shifted to a female lead because he felt it created more conflict between the two.
"And Muslims' extremist relationship toward women also complicated (the story)," he said. "So I clicked into that."
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