By now, Twilight is old enough that it’s starting to seem redundant to proclaim Kristen Stewart has managed to move on from her vampire-loving teenager role. She’s done it. From On the Road to American Ultra to Still Alice, that her acting skills went far beyond pulling off a glassy eyed stare for that pale-faced guy who’s really into staring contests.
, the French equivalent of an Oscar, for her role alongside Juliette Binoche in Clouds of Sils Maria, which makes her the first American actress to ever win the award. This year, Clouds of Sils Maria director Olivier Assayas returned to Cannes with Personal Shopper, a glamour/fantasy/horror movie in which Kristen Stewart mesmerizes as an assistant on a quest to establish contact with her late brother. While , Stewart’s performance was highly praised.
That’s not the only movie she’s planned, however, as she’s already got 4 movies lined up for 2016 plus another untitled project! And except maybe for Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, the war movie adapted from the book of the same name, her career is really proving that she’s earned that new “indie queen” status that we’ve been waiting for so long to give her.
1. Equals, May 26, 2016
Considering it just came out, Equals doesn’t really qualify as one of K-Stew’s upcoming movies, but it might still be in theaters, so let’s not fret with the definitions. Starring Nicholas Hoult alongside Stewart, Equals imagines a world where emotions are forbidden — which obviously means that Hoult’s and Stewart’s characters are bound to fall in love.
2. Café Society, July 15, 2016
Woody Allen’s latest movie introduces Kristen Stewart as the next Allen girl, following in the footsteps of Emma Stone after Magic in the Moonlight and Irrational Man. If someone had told you a movie would come out that would showcase a love triangle between Batman v Superman‘s mad Lex Luthor, Gossip Girl‘s New York socialite and Twilight‘s outcast teenager, would you have believed it?
Café Society stars Jesse Eisenberg as young Bobby Dorfman, who leaves New York for Hollywood in the 1930s in the hopes of finding some excitement, and with the help of his producer uncle, played by Steve Carrell. He falls for his uncle’s assistant, Vonnie (Kristen Stewart), but she rejects him and he ends up moving back to the East Coast to help his brother with his bar business. Where he meets a lovely woman (Blake Lively) and all is well, until Vonnie waltzes back into his life.
3. Personal Shopper, October 19, 2016
French thriller Personal Shopper unfortunately only has release dates planned for France, Belgium and the Netherlands so far, but we can only hope its success will carry it overseas. It’s an eclectic mix of a ghost story and the fashion universe of Paris, where personal shopper Maureen is trying to communicate with her late brother’s spirit.
Personal Shopper got the first boos I heard at , which led me to only clap harder. I found it beguiling. Stewart is mesmerizing.
— Nigel M. Smith (@nigelmfs)
Judging from the public’s reaction at Cannes this year, it’s not the easiest movie to wrap your head around, but it looks like at least Stewart’s performance can be reason enough to want to see it.
4. Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, November 11, 2016
Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk is based on the novel by the same name by Ben Fountain, which won the 2013 National Books Critics Circle Award for Fiction. Directed by Ang Lee, the story of Billy is about a 19-year-old who survives the Iraq War. He’ll be played by newcomer Joe Alwyn, while Stewart plays his older sister. They’re joined by Garrett Hedlund, Steve Martin, Vin Diesel and Chris Tucker.
5. Untitled Lizzie Borden Project
Are you familiar with the case of Lizzie Borden, one of the most infamous murder trials in the United States of the late 19th century? In 1892, she was acquitted after her father and stepmother were found violently murdered inside the family home in Fall River, Massachusetts. The only other person in the house was their maid, who testified at the trial.
In October 2015, Variety announced that Chloë Sevigny was set to star as Borden in a movie about the murder case and the conditions that led up to this series of gruesome events. Kristen Stewart is attached to play Bridget Sullivan, the maid. (Am I sensing a little typecasting in assistant roles here?) While there’s little detail about the movie yet, such a chilling story led by two thrilling actresses sounds more than promising.
Which of Kristen Stewart’s movies are you most looking forward to?