Kristen Stewart‘s latest role depicting a hired guard at Guantanamo Bay detention camp’s U.S. Prison is generating quite a buzz in Park City, Utah. The Sundance Film Festival, which runs from January 16th to the 26th, premiered Stewart’s new film ‘Camp X-Ray’ this past Friday night has earned the actress heavy praise. Lucky for her writer/director Peter Sattler pulled a switcheroo.
According to The Huffington Post, Sattler originally intended for Stewart’s role to be a man. Sattler revealed in a Q/A session he decided to change the role after his wife became pregnant and chose to explore the story of female growth through the lens of Guantanamo Bay.
Stewart was the beneficiary of Sattler’s change of heart. Many of the critics at the Film Festival described this role as a much needed departure from Stewart’s usual character depicted in movies like ‘Twilight’ and ‘Snow White and the Hunstman’. They rewarded the choice, but also praised her performance saying it might be her best onscreen work yet.
I would say I have a luke warm curiosity about the film. If I continue to hear positive things out of Sundance, I may have to catch the movie at some point.
Image via Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for Sundance Film Festival