Kristen Stewart, Nicholas Hoult Talk Up Real Feelings at ‘Equals’ Press Launch

Twilight star Kristen Stewart
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TOKYO – “Twilight” star Kristen Stewart and “X-Men” actor Nicholas Hoult appeared in Tokyo ahead of production on indie sci-fi drama “Equals” to talk up the challenges of their latest roles.

Hot indie director Drake Doremus (“Breathe In”) and producers Michael Pruss and Ann Ruark were also on hand to field questions Saturday at a Tokyo hotel.

Based on a script by Nathan Parker, “Equals” is set in a near future in which human emotions, from love to envy and hatred, have been eliminated. The resulting humans, called Equals, are carrying on peacefully, when a disease called SOS (Switch On Syndrome) begins to free dangerous feelings — and the afflicted ones are exiled from society. After the hero, Silas (Hoult), is infected he becomes close to Nia (Stewart), who is also able to feel emotions, while maintaining a safely unemotional exterior.  Thoughts of love and escape follow.

Queried about his own desire to live in an emotionless world, Hoult said: “That obviously would be the easy way out, but no, I like to feel everything, take the highs and the lows.”

“I’m definitely not afraid of ‘feels.’ My life revolves around it actually,” Stewart said. “Finding the balance between the head and the heart is important but I’ve always been very driven by the gut. Every thought or articulated emotion starts in shapes and colors and putting your finger on that is cool, but it’s not necessary.”

Doremus explained that the world he created with Parker has a positive side. “There’s a beauty and poetry to this society,” Doremus said. “Despite what they left out, a lot of things they did right and that’s important to us.”

“The story has been compared to ‘1984,’ but it’s not that at all,” producer Ann Ruark said. “It’s a love story –it’s not dystopian, it’s Utopian.”

Thus the decision to shoot in Japan, whose minimal architecture, Ruark explains, “expresses that Utopian vision.”

“It’s sexy — That’s all you need to know, really,” said Pruss when quizzed about the wardrobe.

“Equals” will shoot from August 4 to 28 in Japan and then move to Singapore for another three weeks.

Indian Paintbrush, Route One Films and Scott Free Productions are producing, with sci-fi maestro Ridley Scott also serving as producer. UTA Independent Film Group, which also has North American rights, arranged the financing. Release is set for 2015.

Mister Smith is handling international sales.

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  1. Julie says:

    All the negative comments here are stupid. They don’t make sense. Until you see the film, then you can judge it.

  2. Daisy Duck says:

    Have you ever noticed that sudo Intellectuals always justify themselves before they get to the real point of their diatribe. The whole point was to tell all of us they didn’t like Kristen. Well guess what we don’t care. Since July of last year she has worked her but off and so far three of her films have been put up for awards. She has received great article critical claims for all three movies. If someone out there is bashing her its not for her acting its because she made a big mistake in her personal life. She has more than paid for her error . But thete are people in high places who want to ruin

  3. Daisy Duck says:

    I think this movie is going to be great. Nick and Kristen are both great actors. They just have to let go and believe on what they are saying. They also need the gossip mongers to get off their backs and leave them alone.

  4. Skeptical says:

    Equals is just an unnecessary remake of of 1984 (Kristen herself made the comparison), The Giver, and Christian Bale’s Equilibrium. Most dystopian/utopian novels and movies have a lot in common and they all go back to Orwell’s 1984 and Huxley’s Brave New World for inspiration.

    But Equals is also a rip off of the novel Delirium by Lauren Oliver, in that it’s a dystopian society in year 2099 (check), people basically dead to the world or uniform (check), half-robot/human cyborg wants to have feelings/be a real boy/girl (check), world peace all around but everyone is a clone (check).

    But what makes Equals even worse is that it’s more a romance than a suspense film. The producers are obviously just trying to cash in on that Twilight audience, so it’s Bella in the future. Like Joe Roth said, he hired Stewart for SWATH simply because “she’s known for one role, Bella.” Too bad she trashed her brand by cheating with Rupert Sanders — Universal dumped her from the SWATH sequel because they knew no one would believe her as a heroine any more. I don’t think they’re going to buy her in Equals, either.

  5. GingerHenny says:

    Kristen Stewart has a lot of different & interesting movies coming up. I’m looking forward to all of them. I saw her recently in a special screening of Camp XRay & she was fantastic. Equals will be a great visial treat with those modern architectural locations. I like the Kristen & Nicolas casting.

  6. James Smith says:

    “It’s a love story –it’s not dystopian, it’s Utopian.”
    There has never been a story written, whether it be in film or in books, where a Utopia is not actually a dystopia. In order for there to be a conflict in a story there cannot be a Utopia, because in a Utopia there is no conflict. Without conflict there is no plot or character development.

  7. BrendaStar says:

    Equals sounds interesting and I like using Japan for the film shoot. Drake Doremus is an awesome director. Kristen Stewart and Nicholas Hoult looked good together at the press conference. Then there is Guy Pearce, Jackie Weaver and David Selby. Hope they create a phenomenal film.

  8. Guest says:

    Another film with Kristen?

  9. Joe says:

    Stweart is a no talent hack. As seen in this stupid Twilight films.

  10. Scott says:

    The premise sounds too realistic to be a sci-fi pic. A movie about an emotionless society in Tokyo. Where’s the fiction in that?

  11. Alfie says:

    i’ve seen all of kristen’s movies on DVD and she is a very gifted actress.
    the plot sounds interesting and the sci-fi genre is something new for kristen so i can’t wait for its release.

  12. snyda says:

    I’m so excited to see a new movie of Kristen Stewart. She is a great actress working with a great director.

  13. mel says:

    Equals will be too epic film, but another keg. A bit of sci fi. Stewart and Nicholas Hoult look good together. The story sounds interesting.
    But come Camp X_Ray , hooray hooray ……

  14. mel says:

    The ‘Camp X-Ray’ Trailer coming NEXT WEEK! WITH Kristen Stewart and Peyman Moaadi and Guantanamo.

  15. mel says:

    The ‘Camp X-Ray’ Trailer coming NEXT WEEK!
    I can not wait to see it. I love these kind of movies.

  16. Donna says:

    Cant wait for EQUALS!!! ❤️you Kristen

  17. guest says:

    I can? t wait for this movie!

  18. Min says:

    I’m curious why you would repeat something a tabloid fabricated. This is Variety isn’t it? If you did a bit of research to find the original source of the sordid “sushi pic” you would find (as I did, and I’m not even held to journalistic standards) that it was very early in the morning and they were investigating the fish market then grabbed some sushi. They’re in a rehearsal for filming… does that constitute “a date”?
    This must be ‘Alternate Universe Variety’.
    Wake me up when the shabby doppelganger is sent packing and normal Variety returns….

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