Kristen Stewart to star in lesbian Christmas rom com Happiest Season
Kristen Stewart is in talks to star in Happiest Season, a lesbian romantic comedy set at Christmas time.
The former Twilight actress, who came out in 2015, is close to joining the film written and directed by openly gay star Clea DuVall and her writing partner Mary Holland, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Happiest Season follows the story of a young woman who plans to propose to her partner at her family’s annual Christmas party—only to discover that her would-be fiancée hasn’t come out to her conservative parents.
Stewart has been in an on-screen lesbian relationship before, having starred as Chloë Sevigny’s housemaid and lover in Lizzie, which tells the story of 1890s axe murderer Lizzie Borden.
Happiest Season is likely to come out after Stewart’s next starring role in the rebooted Charlie’s Angels, which will see her take on the Angels mantle alongside Power Rangers‘ Naomi Scott and rising British star Ella Balinska.
Who is Kristen Stewart dating and what’s her sexuality?
Kristen, who is currently going out with Stella Maxwell, said on Saturday Night Live last year that she was “like, so gay.”
The 28-year-old has not defined her sexuality, but said last year that she would “definitely” still date men.
Earlier this year, the US actress turned queer heads with her loving stares at Cate Blanchett.
The actresses were both sitting on the Cannes Film Festival jury, along with other stars like Léa Seydoux and director Ava DuVernay, when Stewart was repeatedly snapped gazing—or “gayzing,” according to fans—at the double-Oscar-winning actress.
Lesbian films like Kristen Stewart’s are on the up
Films featuring lesbian love stories are becoming more frequent, like The Favourite, which shows Emma Stone’s Baroness Masham and Rachel Weisz’s Duchess of Marlborough as two cousins fighting for the affections of Olivia Colman’s Queen Anne.
“As we were shooting it, doing a few takes, I said: ‘Can I please just be naked?’”
— Emma Stone
Earlier this month, Stone revealed that it was her idea to be naked for the first time in her career in the lesbian film.
“I had the sheet up around me,” she explained. “And as we were shooting it and we did a few takes, I said: ‘Can I please just be [naked]?’
“‘I think it’s going to give Sarah something to look at when she sees that I’m not just under the sheet covered up.’”
Among the numerous other critically acclaimed films starring women who love women is Colette, a biographical drama starring Keira Knightley which details the life of French novelist Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette, who had several lesbian affairs while married.
Knightley explained earlier this month that the lesbian sex scenes in Colette were toned down so that they weren’t “seen through the male gaze.”
Last month, barrier-breaking Kenyan film Rafiki won three awards at two US film festivals, despite being banned in its home country.
The Kenyan film board allowed Rafiki a temporary cinema release in September, so it may qualify for Oscars eligibility in the best foreign language film category.