This item today about actress Kristen Stewart from our On the Road-pals over at Variety just makes me happy. Many film fans, including ye olde scribbler of all things pop culture, feel that Kristen Stewart is simply enough one of the best working actors of her generation. What, you doubt the veracity of that statement, Dear and Constant Reader? First things first – Erase, rip, shred and tear any and all images in your mind’s eye of Stewart in those tween Twilight flicks. Instead, dust off that Blockbuster card that’s been lying dormant in the furthest depths of your junk drawer and beat it down to Bend, Oregon where the last remaining Blockbuster Home Video resides. No, no, no: don’t worry about the gas costs, the interstate traffic or the incessant fear that you’re being pursued cross country by a serial killer that may have seen Duel or Joyride one too many times. Focus on that Blockbuster and, more importantly, the Kristen Stewart movie selection that awaits you and that will convert you into one of this young thespian’s biggest boosters. Skim right by Stewart lesser-lights The Flinstones in Viva Rock Vegas, Café Society, Charlie’s Angels and Cold Creek Manor; nothing to see here. Your marching orders are thus: Check out Stewart’s work in Undertow, The Messengers, Into the Wild, Adventureland, Clouds of Sils Maria, Still Alice and Spencer. Now do you get it? The consummate work in the just-mentioned flicks is what makes a lot of us out there happy indeed that Kristen Stewart is branching out into directing. She seems so talented as an actress that it feels right that she would next want to tackle directing her first feature film. If you’re still with me on this, fill up that gas tank for the ride home from Oregon and move directly onto the next paragraph…
Kristen Stewart has begun the process of casting for her directorial premiere in the new film The Chronology of Water (clever title, that). Based off of the 2010 memoir of the same title by author Lidia Yuknavitch, the story revolves around a celebrated swimmer who opts to go the artist route. That’s the surface stuff, however: Trauma and the survival of it is really the meat and potatoes of this bracing and best-selling tale.
“We’re casting right now,” Stewart revealed to our colleagues at Variety. “We’ve been putting together and have been thinking about this for a really long time. I’m so stoked. It’s taken the time it’s needed. Some of these take a decade to put together. I just jump every gun in my life and start talking about stuff before they’re really relevant, but it’s more relevant than ever. Now we’re casting the movie. We’re finding our Lidia Yuknavitch.”
Stewart is also serving as the writer on this project, so expect something delightfully not Hollywood-like.
Stay tuned to Vents for all information we can scrape up on The Chronology of Water!