After dropping out of the project “Focus,” Twilight’s Kristen Stewart has landed the leading role in the political drama, “Camp X-Ray.”
The indie film, directed by Peter Sattler, will provide a new kind of role for the star. The film tells the story of a young woman who runs away from her small and suffocating hometown to join the military. Instead of being deployed to Iraq like she had anticipated, Stewart’s character finds herself being sent to Guantanamo, where she experiences abuse and hatred from her Muslim superiors, but also befriends an unlikely acquaintance – a young man imprisoned at Gitmo for eight years.
When explaining how she chooses her roles, Stewart told HuffPost Entertainment: "I can't pragmatically approach anything in terms of my career. I need to be so rocked by something, so moved by something that the idea of letting it down or ruining it is painful, and that's what gets you through the shoot. You read material and it provokes you on some level, and the reason you make the movie is to find out why it made you feel all those things. Those things are so rare to find that if you start also considering what people are going to think, you'll never make a movie."
Stewart also landed a second lead role this summer and will be appearing in Olivier Assayas’ indie film ‘Sils Maria.’ In the film, Stewart will play an assistant to a veteran actress who becomes obsessed with a younger actress who overtakes her former role. The film delves into middle age and the period of time where one questions the quality of the life they have lived.
Both films are schedules to start production this summer, with ‘Camp X-Ray’ schedules to start in mid-July.
Sources: TheWrap, Huffington Post, Deadline.com