Kristen Stewart Departs From 'Twilight' to Star in 'Camp X-Ray,' 'Sils Maria'
Now that the Twilight movie saga officially ended in the fall, it's time for everyone to move on. Twihards from both Team Edward and Team Jacob can obsess over the DVD extras and go back to reading/writing fan fiction, Stephenie Meyer can find a new supernatural creature to romanticize, and the films' stars can move on with their careers.
Kristen Stewart never seemed to particularly enjoy the fame that playing Bella Swan brought her and tried to distance herself from the role with other films made during and after the Twilight series. And, apparently, post-Twilight, things are no different. Stewart has signed onto star in two more films, as reported by Deadline , and both are decidedly more adult than most of her previous work. However the 23-year-old actress will also reprise her role as the titular princess in Snow White and the Huntsman 2. At an age when many other actors and actresses are cast as teenaged characters, Stewart seems to want to grow-up and play real adults... but she still has Bella's shadow hanging over her, not to mention her tabloid stardom. It's hard to tell if Stewart will ever be taken seriously as an actress, but one thing's for sure: She is certainly trying.
One of the films she recently committed to is Camp X-Ray, a drama from director Peter Sattler in which Stewart will play a soldier working at Guantanamo Bay who befriends one prisoner, amidst abuse from the others. The other is Olivier Assayas' Sils Maria, starring Juliette Binoche (The English Patient) as an actress who becomes obsessed with a young star. Stewart will play the assistant of Binoche's character. These follow Stewart's other more rebellious roles as (the topless) Marylou in last year's On The Road and Joan Jett in 2010's The Runaways.
No matter how many of these serious films Stewart stars in, it's hard to imagine any of them replacing Twilight as the role that she is best known for, simply because when you star in one of the largest franchises of all time, it can be difficult to escape — just ask Daniel Radcliffe.
But Stewart is young and has plenty of years left in her career. Anyone who saw the first Snow White and the Huntsman knows her version of the fairy tale princess is hardly a damsel in distress. The role may not be as racy as Joan Jett, or politically relevant as a prison guard, but even Snow White is a more adult role than the Edward-dependent, disturbingly passive Bella. As long as she stays far away from any more vampires, Stewart may become a full-fledged adult actress someday.
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