In Drake Doremus’ (“Like Crazy,” “Breathe In”) new film “Equals,” human emotions have been genetically eliminated as a way to rid all crime and violence. Set in a futuristic utopian society called “The Collective” in which displays of emotion and even physical contact are strictly forbidden, two people (Kristen Stewart and Nicholas Hoult) slowly feel a growing attraction between them, and eventually enter a forbidden, passionate relationship. But when their superiors begin to suspect something is amiss, they must choose to either go back to the safety of their lives or take a daring new leap forward into an uncertain future. The film also stars Guy Pearce (“Memento”) and Jackie Weaver (“Picnic at Hanging Rock,” “Animal Kingdom”). Watch the trailer for the film ahead of its U.S. premiere tonight at the Tribeca Film Festival.
“Equals” is Doremus’ fifth feature film in just six years. His 2011 film “Like Crazy” won the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival and garnered mostly positive reviews from critics. Meanwhile, “Equals” is the first of many films that will star Kristen Stewart this year. She’s set to appear in Kelly Reichardt’s “Certain Women,” Ang Lee’s “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk,” Woody Allen’s “Cafe Society,” and Olivier Assayas “Personal Shopper,” the latter two are set to premiere at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.
After its U.S. premiere tonight, A24 will release “Equals” into theaters on July 15th, and the film will then be available on DirecTV exclusively beginning on May 26th.