EXCLUSIVE: Kristen Stewart has joined Michelle Williams and Laura Dern in the hot indie drama known as the Untitled Kelly Reichardt Project. Written and directed by Reichardt, the film is a series of vignettes that revolve around the lives of people in small-town Montana.
Stewart will play a young lawyer from Boise who takes a teaching job several hours from her house. Despite her nerves about teaching, she’s determined to prove to herself that she can do it. Soon after taking the job, Beth develops a close friendship with Jamie, a local woman who’s auditing her class. James Le Gros and Jared Harris (Mad Men), and relative newcomer Sara Rodier also have been cast in the ensemble project, which is being produced by Neil Kopp and Anish Savjani. It will shoot on location in Big Sky country.
More details have also emerged about the characters and the story line. Dern is set as Laura Wells, a lawyer in Helena who keeps going back into a bad relationship with Ryan Lewis (Le Gros), a married man who couldn’t care less for his wife and daughter. Williams portrays Ryan’s wife, Gina Lewis, who works in advertising with her philandering husband. Finally, Harris is a former construction worker who was injured in a work-related accident and starts plotting a hostage attempt. Rodier, who plays the daughter of Williams and Le Gross, was the only child series regular on CBS’s Bad Teacher last year. She is 15.
Stewart (Twilight, Still Alice, Snow White And The Huntsman) is repped by Gersh Agency and McKuin, Frankel, Whitehead LLP. Reichardt’s most recent credit is Night Moves, which she directed and co-wrote with Jon Raymond. Jesse Eisenberg and Dakota Fanning starred in that 2013 film. She is repped by UTA. Rodier is represented by Coast to Coast, Industry Entertainment, and Felker Toczek Gellman Suddleson.