TORONTO — Equals, the sci-fi romance starring Nicholas Hoult and Kristen Stewart that recently screened at the Toronto International Film Festival, reportedly sparked a major bidding war among possible distributors — and it’s easy to understand why.
You constantly shift in the movie between being “on” and “off.” Was it difficult to switch back and forth between those two feelings?
It just became the most bleak, awful…It’s so sad. I’m the only person in the movie who’s switched on the whole time so even though in the beginning, we’re seemingly off, the overtly emotional displays and the more raw scenes felt amazing to do and more natural and more familiar. What was really painful was not feeling. What was truly really exhausting was to just be dead.
The Equals team hit the Lido today for a Competition screening of the futuristic love story from Like Crazy helmer Drake Doremus. I sat down this afternoon with stars Kristen Stewart and Nicholas Hoult to talk about the film that’s a sort of sci-fi riff on Romeo And Juliet with a timely theme. The film has its red carpet screening tonight in Venice and then heads to Toronto where a U.S. deal is expected to close. There’s also potential for a TV series, exec producer Russell Levine tells me.