You can always count on Kristen Stewart to keep things wild these days. The actor, who justly earned an Oscar nomination for her turn as a haunted Princess Diana in “Spencer,” has amassed an eclectic filmography over the years, collaborating with arthouse directors on whatever weird project strikes her fancy (this is a good place to interject that Stewart’s hilariously mousy, organ-horny performance in David Cronenberg’s “Crimes of the Future” was criminally overlooked) in between occasional ventures into the mainstream with fun genre movies like “Underwater” and “Charlie’s Angels.” That trend will only continue in 2024 as Stewart headlines a pair of unusual romantic dramas with “Love Lies Bleeding” and “Love Me,” a sci-fi film about a romance between a satellite and a buoy (?) that is also debuting at Sundance.
The official synopsis for “Love Lies Bleeding” reads as follows:
Reclusive gym manager Lou falls hard for Jackie, an ambitious bodybuilder headed through town to Las Vegas in pursuit of her dream. But their love ignites violence, pulling them deep into the web of Lou’s criminal family.
Among those joining Stewart and O’Brian in the “Love Lies Bleeding” cast are Ed Harris, Dave Franco, Jena Malone, and “Dickinson” star Anna Baryshnikov. A24 will release the film in theaters following its premiere at Sundance.