Kristen Stewart 'terrified' to film '1984' adaptation

The 'Twilight' actress will team up with Nicholas Hoult to play lovers in 'Equals,' an adaptation of George Orwell's dystopian classic.
Posted By Gabrielle Levy  |  Jan. 15, 2014 at 10:31 AM
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Kristen Stewart is tackling a classic -- and says she finds the prospect terrifying.

The Twilight star is teaming up with Nicholas Hoult (X-Men: First Class) play lovers in an an updated version of George Orwell's dystopian novel, 1984, to be titled Equals.

"I can't believe I agreed to do it," Stewart said. "I'm terrified of it. Though it's a movie with a really basic concept, it's overtly ambitious."

"In Equals, things go wrong because you can't deny the humanity in everyone," she said. "It's the most devastating story. It's a love story of epic, epic, epic proportion. I'm scared."

But director Drake Doremus (Like Crazy) said Stewart was selling herself short.

"It became evident in my head that Nick and Kristen would have great chemistry," he said.

Stewart is determined to set the bar low for herself, however, in a part that Hoult's girlfriend, Jennifer Lawrence read for and said she was "moved to tears," but could not picture herself playing the role.

"I trust Drake's process and I know we will do something really natural and real," Stewart said. "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."

Equals is set to begin filming later this year.


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