Twilight star Kristen Stewart is taking the leading role in a reimagining of 1984, the movie adaption of Orwell's classic dystopian novel. Named Equals, the film will feature Stewart alongside Warm Bodies' Nicholas Hoult in what the Associated Press paraphrases Stewart as calling "a slightly updated version of the 1956 film" about love in a world where love really doesn't exist anymore.
Despite popular opinion of Stewart remaining divided at best, the project isn't without credibility. The script is by Nathan Parker, who previously wrote the screenplay for the award-winning sci-fi drama Moon, and it's directed by Drake Doremus, who won the Grand Jury prize at Sundance for the 2011 film Like Crazy. Jennifer Lawrence, who had a supporting role in Like Crazy, has read the script and was considered for the leading role in Equals, but, says Parker, "it became evident in my head that Nick and Kristen would have great chemistry."
"Don't expect that I am going to be able to do this."
Taking on what many consider to be Orwell's most influential work is a tough job, and one that Stewart herself says she doesn't feel ready for. "I trust Drake's process and I know we will do something really natural and real," Stewart tells the Associated Press, "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."