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Cannes Market: Cassavetes Goes Gritty for Kristen Stewart’s ‘Cali’; Plot Revolves Around Faux Snuff Film

Cannes Market: Cassavetes Goes Gritty for Kristen Stewart's 'Cali'; Plot Revolves Around Faux Snuff Film

Nick Cassavetes, known best for delivering one of the greatest chick flicks ever — “The Notebook” — is back to some grittier material; the “Alpha Dog” director is set to helm “Cali,” reports Variety. Kristen Stewart will star (and co-exec produce) as one of a pair of lovebirds (the other half is yet to be cast) who sell a fake snuff film and escape the San Fernando Valley with the cash. But then the girl must “return from the dead” in order to save her younger sister from the life she abandoned. Michael Diliberti wrote the script. Voltage Productions and New School Media are producing with their eye on a late summer start, assuming the Cannes market is agreeable for the project. With Stewart attached, it will be.

Voltage’s Zev Foreman promises that Cassavetes “will smartly balance the dynamic action with a true love story.”

Stewart stars in the ultimate “Twilight” film (November 16), as well as Walter Salles’ “On the Road,” which will be revealed in Cannes. Next up on the big screen is “Snow White and the Huntsman,” bowing June 1, in which Stewart is at risk of being eaten alive by Charlize Theron. No pressure; Stewart and her “Twilight” co-star Robert Pattinson are two of the fourteen stars whose careers we’ve considered heading into Cannes.

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