While most of the talk surrounding Kristen Stewart come this fall revolves around her major franchise film “Charlie’s Angels,” the acclaimed actress actually has an awards contender coming that doesn’t involve her donning tight clothes and doing martial arts. Today, as part of the Venice 2019 lineup announcement, Stewart’s upcoming film “Seberg” was announced as an out-of-competition selection.
And now, Amazon Studios has released a first look at the film (and thus, its star), which is expected to make the festival rounds and maybe a few Best Of lists at the end of the year. “Seberg” tells the incredible true story of Jean Seberg, the “Breathless” star that found herself targeted by the FBI in the late-‘60s due to her political and personal involvement with the Black Panther Party.
Joining Stewart in the cast are Jack O’Connell, Anthony Mackie, Colm Meaney, Margaret Qualley, Vince Vaughn, Zazie Beetz, Stephen Root, and Yvan Atta. “Seberg” is directed by Benedict Andrews and written by Anna Waterhouse and Joe Shrapnel, who also executive produce.
“Seberg” marks the second feature film for director Andrews. His previous film, “Una,” debuted in 2016 at the Telluride Film Festival. He’s primarily known for his theatre work.
The film has been selected for out-of-competition screening at this year’s Venice International Film Festival, which begins August 28. Amazon has yet to announce an official theatrical release date, though it’s primed (no pun intended) for an awards season run.
Here’s the synopsis for the film:
Seberg is inspired by true events about the French New Wave darling and Breathless star, Jean Seberg, who in the late 1960s was targeted by Hoover’s FBI, because of her political and romantic involvement with civil rights activist Hakim Jamal.