After the back-to-back bombs that were Underwater and Charlie’s Angels (plus a less-than-stellar turn on SNL), I was commiserating with others about the unfortunate turn that Kristen Stewart’s career had taken. Aside from the Twilight films and Snow White and the Huntsman, Stewart has never really had much box-office success — even as critical acclaim followed her around intermittently — and I was worried that her opportunities would dry up after the failures of her bigger budget attempts.
I’m not worried anymore, because Kristen Stewart’s next film — due to open in November — is called Happiest Season. It’s a gay romcom about Stewart’s character, who is planning to propose to her girlfriend while at her family’s annual holiday party. However, she discovers her partner hasn’t yet come out to her conservative parents yet.
That sounds like a fairly conventional, high-concept romcom premise, right? And it comes from TriStar Pictures, which is a sizable indie (they did Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood) owned by Columbia Pictures, which is owned by Sony Pictures, which is owned by Sony Corporation, which is to say: If Happiest Season is good, there’s enough money here to push it (also, multinational conglomerates are the devil).
And will it be good? Oh lord, get a load of this cast. It’s written and directed by Clea Duvall, who plays the wife of Jack Bauer’s daughter in Veep.
And get this: Kristen Stewart’s partner will be played by Mackenzie Davis. And please, people, put your tongue back in your mouth and act like a grown-up. Mind your reputation!
Meanwhile, the conservative parents will be played by Mary Steenbergen and Victor Garber, because Clea Duvall knows what the hell she is doing. Alison Brie, Aubrey Plaza, and Dan Levy are also in it, probably playing friends of one or both of the brides.
Jesus Christ, that’s a stacked cast. I don’t think we’ve had a big, financially lucrative lesbian romcom before, either. This should do the trick, and revive Kristen Stewart’s career at the same time. It’s due out November 20, 2020, the week before Thanksgiving, so you have the perfect escape when you need to abandon your family.
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