Kristen Stewart Continues to Demand Respect By Joining Kelly Reichardt’s Next Movie

By  · Published on March 2nd, 2015

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There will always be Kristen Stewart haters, but she’s doing what she can to prove she’s a talent worthy of our respect. The former Twilight star has been doing great stuff since she left her vampire franchise, and she just became the first American actress to win one of France’s Academy Awards, the Cesar, for her performance in Clouds of Sils Maria. There she worked with Olivier Assayas. She broke out under the direction of David Fincher. She earned very positive reviews recently for Camp X-ray. And if she didn’t come off as remarkable in Still Alice, it’s only because nobody could stand out opposite Julianne Moore in that role (and really, Kate Bosworth gives an actually bad performance as Moore’s other daughter). Her role as Bella Swan and Razzie nominations and lip-biting shouldn’t be dictating her reputation to anyone.

Great directors and actors obviously think she’s a valuable collaborator and want to work with her. Another of the former is Kelly Reichardt (Night Moves), who Deadline reports has cast Stewart in her next, still-untitled feature. Previously we learned this movie will reunite Reichardt with Michelle Williams, and now Stewart joins her as well as recent Oscar nominee Laura Dern, actors James Le Gros and Jared Harris plus relatively newcomer teen actress Sara Rodier. The plot details are a little scattered, because the movie will be made up of vignettes, but we know Stewart and Dern are both playing lawyers, the former from Idaho and the latter Montana. Stewart’s character takes a teaching gig far from home, in Dern’s neck of the woods.

Williams’s character is a woman in advertising whose husband (Le Gros) is having an affair with Dern’s. Rodier is their daughter (yes, Williams is technically old enough to have a 15-year-old kid). Stewart’s part seems fairly disconnected from that central drama, while Harris’s character is especially off to the side. He’ll play a construction worker injured at work who plots a hostage situation. I have to assume at least some of the others will be among those held against their will. Given the character names provided so far, we should see at least one more notable actress cast in the ensemble, as a woman befriended by Stewart’s teacher.

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Christopher Campbell began writing film criticism and covering film festivals for a zine called Read, back when a zine could actually get you Sundance press credentials. He's now a Senior Editor at FSR and the founding editor of our sister site Nonfics. He also regularly contributes to Fandango and Rotten Tomatoes and is the President of the Critics Choice Association's Documentary Branch.