Studio remaking Orwell's 1984 ... with Twilight's Kristen Stewart attached to star

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Jan 16, 2014, 10:13 AM EST (Updated)

Good news, George Orwell fans! An updated remake of 1984 is in the works. The not-so-good news? They’ve taken some interesting liberties with the casting choices.

Dubbed Equals, the film is described as a romantic remake of the 1956 version of 1984, which was of course an adaptation of Orwell’s seminal 1949 sci-fi novel. Yeah, we know, that was a lot of numbers. The studio has signed Kristen Stewart (Twilight) and Nicholas Hoult (X-Men: First Class, Warm Bodies) to lead the cast of the film.

Hoult sounds like a great choice and has shown solid sci-fi chops in First Class and Warm Bodies. His stock is likely to rise even more with X-Men: Days of Future Past on the way, so by the time this film actually arrives, he’ll be even more bankable. Plus, he just has the look to fit into the world of 1984.

But Stewart? That’s a gutsy move. Like it or not, she brings some baggage from her lengthy stint as the star of the sparkly-vamp Twilight franchise, which makes her a divisive figure for many sci-fi fans. But, on the good side, she did have memorable turns on the recent indie flick On the Road and 2012 fantasy action tale Snow White and the Huntsman. So, fingers crossed?

In a recent interview, Stewart said she was anxious to take on the role in such an iconic story:

"I can't believe I agreed to do it. I'm terrified of it. Though it's a movie with a really basic concept, it's overtly ambitious. It's a love story of epic, epic, epic proportion. I’m scared.

I trust Drake's process and I know we will do something really natural and real. But I told [director] Drake [Doremus], '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.”

On the flip side, it’s great to know that a whole new generation will get to see the classic dystopian tale play out on the big screen. Heck, maybe some hot young actors will help bring in an audience that would’ve otherwise never checked it out. Who knows? The film is still early in development, with relative newcomer Drake Doremus attached to direct. If nothing else, we’ll be keeping an eye on this one to see how it goes.

What do you think? Is this a good idea, or a trainwreck-in-the-making?


(Via Digital Spy)