Kristen Stewart is in negotiations to star in Underwater, a Twentieth Century Fox adventure thriller that is being produced by Chernin Entertainment.
Will Eubank, who co-wrote and helmed the sci-fi thriller The Signal, is directing.
Underwater centers on an underwater scientific crew that, after facing an earthquake, are forced to go on a dangerous journey for survival. The story has been described as an underwater Armageddon.
If a deal is made, Stewart will play the film’s lead, a jaded and hardened crewmember. A March production start in New Orleans is being eyed.
The move puts the actress, who has developed a strong résumé working on a wide range of indies since her days of toplining the Twilight movies, back into a more mainstream space.
Although Stewart has starred in such big-budget pics as Snow White and the Huntsman, it is her work in such films as Equals and Still Alice that have shown she is interested in material that is deeper and meaningful than most standard fare. Her upcoming projects include Lizzie opposite Chloe Sevigny, and she also has plans to direct another short film, this one about gun control.
Kristen Stewart is in final negotiations to star in 20th Century Fox and Chernin Entertainment’s Underwater, which is expected to go before the cameras next month.
The film, to be directed by William Eubank, is about an underwater scientific crew that suffers a life-threatening earthquake forcing them to take measures for survival.
Written by Brian Duffield with a revision by Adam Cozad (The Legend Of Tarzan, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit), Stewart will star as Norah, a courageous and strong woman who is a bit more jaded and hardened than other crew and ends up in a relationship with another crewmember.
Stewart, who also recently starred in Cafe Society and Personal Shopper, is repped by Gersh and law firm McKuin Frankel and Whitehead.
- Production Weekly (thanks to TeamK_1): "Underwater" will start production in New Orleans on 20 March and will go through to 26 May.
- Update 7 March: TJ Miller and Jessica Henwick join the cast of "Underwater" (Source: Variety).