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Kristen Stewart to Star in Gay Romantic Comedy

Kristen Stewart to Star in Gay Romantic Comedy

Kristen Stewart to Star in Gay Romantic Comedy

Happiest Season will be directed by queer 90s icon Clea Duvall.

When Sally Met Sally. What Women Want (is Other Women). Crazy Rich Lesbians. Pretty Women. 10 Things I Hate About Dudes.

These are just a few alternate titles for Kristen Stewart's next movie. The Twilight star is currently in talks to star in TriStar Pictures' upcoming project, directed by queer actor and 90s icon Clea Duvall -- who also co-wrote the film with Mary Holland -- in her first studio directing gig. The movie, Happiest Season, will follow Stewart as she plays a woman planning to propose to her girlfriend at an annual family get together. Hijinks ensue when she learns that not only are her girlfriend's parents conservative, she hasn't even come out to them yet. Jennifer Lopez is quaking -- actually, she's doing just fine, see Second Act in theaters this December!

Since her Twilight days, Stewart has made it a point to take on more challenging roles playing queer characters. In 2014 she starred in Clouds of Sils Maria, which wasn't explicitly queer but had plenty of homoerotic subtext, particularly in Stewart's relationship with Juliette Binoche. This year, she played Bridget Sullivan, the rumored lover of Lizzie Borden in Lizzie, opposite Chloe Sevigny.

Last February, Stewart described herself as "so gay" on Saturday Night Live, later clarifying to The Guardian that she identifies as bisexual. "You're not confused if you're bisexual. It's not confusing at all. For me, it's quite the opposite."

This won't be the first time queer storylines have been found in a romantic comedy: from 2001's Kissing Jessica Stein to this year's Love, Simon, romantic comedies have been one of the few places in contemporary films where queer characters are allowed to fall in love. But almost never are these characters played by actual queer people. With a star like Stewart at the helm, Happiest Season could be a huge hit, proving to studios that queer rom-coms are a bankable investment. Imagine the possibilities...She's Just Not That Into Dudes!

Related | The Queer Evolution of Kristen Stewart

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