Brace yourself for this blow: a romantic version of the 1956 film Nineteen Eighty-Four, based on George Orwell's classic 1949 novel about a dystopian society, is on its way. Kristen Stewart has signed on to star opposite Nicholas Hoult in the futuristic love story Equals.
"I can't believe I agreed to do it," Stewart told the AP. “I’m terrified of it. Though it's a movie with a really basic concept, it's overtly ambitious."
We’re scared, too — especially since she called Orwell’s complex tale about an omnipresent tyranny that feels more relevant than ever in our age of Internet surveillance “really basic.” The actress continued: “In Equals, things go wrong because you can't deny the humanity in everyone. It's the most devastating story." The project starts filming later this year and is being directed by Drake Doremus (Like Crazy), who added: “It's about love in a world where love really doesn't exist anymore."
There is a love affair in Orwell’s novel between protagonist Winston Smith and a woman named Julia, but in a world where overlord organizations like the “Junior Anti-Sex League” and the frightening “Ministry of Love” exist, romantic entanglements never end well. All this and Kristen Stewart? Be afraid. Be very afraid.
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