Magazine article Screen International

Kristen Stewart, Nicholas Hoult Thriller Heads to Cannes

Magazine article Screen International

Kristen Stewart, Nicholas Hoult Thriller Heads to Cannes

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EXCLUSIVE: Mister Smith boards futuristic love-story set to shoot in Japan and Singapore in August.

David Garrett's Mister Smith Entertainment has newly boarded international rights to the stellar Cannes package Equals, set to star Twilight's Kristen Stewart and Warm Bodies lead Nicholas Hoult.

Breathe In and Like Crazy director Drake Doremus will direct screenwriter Nathan Parker's (Moon) futuristic love story set in a society where emotions have been eradicated. Stewart and Hoult will play the film's young couple rebelling against their society.

Producers are Ridley Scott, Michael Schaefer, Ann Ruark, and Jay Stern and Chip Diggins of Route One, who are also financing. Executive producers are Mike Pruss, Lee Jea Woo, Choi Pyung Ho and Russell Levine.

UTA Independent Film Group arranged financing for the project - which was previously with Exclusive Media - and will sell the North American rights to the film, which is due to start in Japan and Singapore in August.

German electro musician Apparat - well known for track Goodbye, which featured in the climactic scene of the season 4 finale of Breaking Bad - will provide the music, production design will come from Tino Schaedler (Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix), and costume design will be by Michael Wilkenson (American Hustle).

Equals tells the story of Silas (Hoult) who lives in a future society called The Collective. The inhabitants of this modern world are a new breed of humans called Equals. Equals are peaceful, calm, fair, and polite and life in The Collective is perfect; there is no greed, no poverty, no violence, and no emotion. But a new disease is threatening everyone: SOS, or Switched-On-Syndrome, is activating in its victims everything they thought they'd escaped: depression, sensitivity, fear, love but once a person is overtaken with SOS, they are sent away to The Den, and never seen again. …

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