I really, truly want to like Kristen Stewart, but Adventureland was the only time she’s ever left some kind of impression — it was a big one admittedly — and everything else has been flat and unable register in any tangible way. (Panic Room doesn’t count.) Which isn’t to say I’m not semi-optimistic about her prospects; with Twilight‘s end date just around the corner and a Snow White sequel possibly not requiring all her effort, Stewart has plenty of room to make a real splash with a leading turn. Appropriately, Variety reports that she’s now set up a starring role in Cali, a gritty actioner from Voltage Pictures and New School Media that’s been written by Michael Diliberti (30 Minutes or Less).
His screenplay centers on two lovers, Mya (Stewart) and Chris, who disappear after making some money off a fake snuff film starring the former. However, this period of seclusion and inactivity is interrupted when her young sister needs to be rescued from some bad characters, “angry former business partners, homicidal porn stars, stoner vet techs, [and] an unstoppable killing machine in a cowboy hat” among them. My impression is that, from here, things get a little bloody.
And, despite my initial reaction being “Tarantino-lite” — as in, the kind of film we would have seen in 1997 or so — Stewart is, strangely enough, the selling point for me. Why? Well, I take the word of producer Craig J. Flores when he promises a role that’s not just “edgy and sexy,” but one also bound to “push the envelope on the public’s view of Kristen’s wide-ranging abilities.” Look at it this way: Just as Robert Pattinson is going completely crazy for David Cronenberg with Cosmopolis, I’m hoping Cali can also put the young actress in a new, shocking light.
Has this early description of Cali grabbed your attention?
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