Kristen Stewart (‘Snow White and the Huntsman‘, ‘The Twilight Saga’ films) and Nicholas Hoult (‘Warm Bodies‘, ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past) have been cast in a romantic remake of of the 1956 version of George Orwell’s ‘1984’.
Kristen Stewart? Really?
Don’t worry. I can hear your eyes rolling. After all, I am the Thought Police.
Tentatively titled ‘Equals’, the film is being directed by Drake Doremus. Doremus is known for directing the Sundance hit ‘Like Crazy’ starring Anton Yelchin and Felicity Jones.
If you’re nervous as to how this remake will turn out, don’t worry. Kristen Stewart is, too. In a recent interview, Stewart came across as pretty overwhelmed to be a part of the film:
“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 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 answer. I’ve given directors disclaimers before, but never this much.”
See? Even Kristen Stewart seems pretty wary about this casting.
The 1956 version of ‘1984’ was directed by Michael Anderson and starred Edmond O’Brien, Donald Pleasence, Jan Sterling and Michael Redgrave. At one point, Orwell’s estate had withdrawn from their distributor agreement and this version wasn’t seen for many years. However, it was eventually released on DVD and you can even find it on Youtube.
‘1984’ was later adapted again in the year 1984 and starred John Hurt and Richard Burton in his last acting role before his death. It was directed by Michael Radford and was awarded the Best British Film of the Year by the Evening Standard British Film Awards. Unless I’m mistaken, I believe this version is available on Amazon Prime. It’s actually not bad, but as you know nothing compares to the book.
Well, except for maybe a remake starring Kristen Stewart.