Kristen Stewart, Nicholas Hoult are Starring in a '1984' Romantic Remake and We're Conflicted
Well, OK, this one's a doozy so just try to keep up: Kristen Stewart and Nicholas Hoult are about to make a movie together. It's called Equals and is said to be an adaptation of the 1984 film version of the George Orwell epic dystopian novel, 1984. Only this one is said to be romance-heavy. And futuristic — though farther into the future than '84 since that was, oh, 30 years ago. Oh yeah, and it's being directed by the uniquely visioned auteur of 2011's beautiful (and largely improvised) film, Like Crazy. So go ahead and let all of that sink in and mix together.
"I can't believe I agreed to do it," Stewart told The Associated Press. "I'm terrified of it. Though it's a movie with a really basic concept, it's overtly ambitious."
Ambition being the least surprising fact considering the director, Drake Doremus, is quite an original. The entirety of Like Crazy, which took home many prizes, was shot without a script. Reassuringly, the director decided to not go that route this time. Apparently Doremus' script was so good it brought Hoult's girlfriend and the originally intended actress for the project, Jennifer Lawrence, to tears. Turns out the script is from Nathan Parker, who wrote the truly incredibly and must-see 2009 film, Moon, starring the cannot-be-more-brilliant Sam Rockwell. Certainly ringing endorsements all-around — and it hardly hurts that Lawrence is seemingly incapable of making a terrible film.
Still, the new face of Chanel's unease can't help but put us squarely back in the 'concern/wtf' corner with her brutal admonishing. "I trust Drake's process and I know we will do something really natural and real," Stewart said. "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."
Just don't, for the love of all things holy, let the tagline for this film be "Rewrite your own history," and I think we'll be OK. Hopefully.