Film

Equals clip teases the Kristen Stewart, Nicholas Hoult sci-fi romance

This week “Equals” made its world premieres in competition at the Venice Film Festival. The film has had major buzz behind it, most of that coming from the terrific pairing of Kristen Stewart and Nicholas Hoult. The film isn’t set to release in theaters for a few more months but you can get an early preview thanks to a preview clip released after the film’s major premiere.

The film was directed by Drake Doremus, a winner of the Sundance Grand Jury Prize and the director of “Like Crazy” and “Moonpie”. Both Stewart and Hoult attended the premiere, both looking as regal as ever, promoting the film’s official debut earlier this week on September 5, 2015.

Ridley Scott’s Scott Free and New York’s Route One Films produced the new project, which is set to take-on domestic box-offices later this year. Michael Pruss, Chip Diggins, Ann Ruark, Michael Schaefer and Jay Stern are attached as producers as well.

The film is a sci-fi romance story, but that’s only a fraction of the intrigue that Nathan Parker’s screenplay offers moviegoers. The film itself is set in a futuristic utopia, created by stripping humans of their emotions.

According to the producers, “The story takes place in a futuristic society where everyone has had their deepest feelings and emotions genetically deactivated to promote a more stable, violence-free culture. A portion of the population – including our star-crossed heroes – are immune to genetic manipulation which enables them to fall in love.”

The film seems like a perfect next-step for Stewart, after her amazing performance in “Clouds of Sils Maria“. A film that won her the French César Award for best Supporting Actor, a first for an American actress.

Most of the film was shot in Japan, the architecture and foreign setting (respectively speaking) allowed the crew to create a futuristic setting, all while keeping a minimalistic profile throughout the film. John Guleserian was brought on as the film’s cinematographer. “Equals” will now head to North American for the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival. Also appearing in the film are Guy Pearce, Jacki Weaver and Bel Powley.