Kristen Stewart Making Her Feature Directorial Debut

Kristen Stewart is set to make her feature directorial debut with The Chronology of Water.

By Douglas Helm | Published

Kristen Stewart has been in everything from major fantasy blockbusters to critically acclaimed indies, and now she’s finally stepping behind the camera for a feature-length debut. She previously directed a short film for Ridley Scott’s Scott Free Productions and Deadline has reported she will be teaming up with the production company again for her feature-length The Chronology of Water. Stewart is also adapting the script with Andy Mingo, based on the memoir by Lidia Yuknavitch.

The Kristen Stewart-directed The Chronology of Water will follow Lidia’s life and coming-of-age story as she discovers her bisexuality, struggles with addiction, and joins the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions movement opposing Israeli oppression of Palestine. Imogen Poots is set to star. Along with Andy Mingo, Scott Free’s Ridley Scott and Michael Pruss are producing with the banner’s Rebecca Feuer serving as executive producer.

Kristen Stewart’s turn as a director comes at a time when her acting career is getting more critical acclaim and recognition than ever. Stewart starred as Princess Diana in 2021’s Spencer, a role that earned Stewart her first Oscar nomination. Fortunately, it doesn’t seem like Stewart’s new directorial duties will be cutting into her acting career too much, as she recently appeared in the David Cronenberg film Crimes of the Future.

Crimes of the Future stars Viggo Mortensen as a celebrity performance artist in the future, who grows new organs due to Accelerated Evolution Syndrome, and showcases the removal of these organs in public performance art with the help of his assistant (Lea Seydoux). Along with Kristen Stewart, Seydoux, and Mortensen, the film stars Scott Speedman, Lihi Kornowski, Don McKellar, Nadia Litz, and more. Crimes of the Future is currently available to stream on Hulu if you want to check it out for yourself.

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Kristen Stewart in Crimes of the Future (2022)

Kristen Stewart also has two more movies coming our way, with Love Me and Love Lies Bleeding both in post-production at this time. Unfortunately, both films don’t have a solid release date yet. Love Me is a sci-fi romance between a satellite and a buoy and stars Stewart alongside Steven Yeun.

A24’s Love Lies Bleeding is another romance, though it’s billed as a thriller, and tells the story of a romance fueled by ego and the American Dream set in the hyper-competitive world of bodybuilding. The film is directed by Rose Glass (Saint Maud, Room 55) who also co-writes the script with Weronika Tofilska. Along with Kristen Stewart, who plays the lover of a female bodybuilder, the film stars Jena Malone, Ed Harris, Dave Franco, Katy M. O’Brian, Anna Baryshnikov, Keith Jardine, and more.

There’s no word right now on when we can expect to see Kristen Stewart’s feature-length directorial debut The Chronology of Water, but hopefully, we’ll get some more details in the near future. While we wait to see Stewart’s director skills and Imogen Poots in that film, you can catch Poots in her next film The Teacher which is set for a 2022 release. The Teacher is directed and written by Farah Nabulsi and also stars Stanley Townsend, Saleh Bakri, Paul Herzberg, Andrea Irvine, and Mohamed Abdel-Rahman.