“Jeremiah Terminator LeRoy” is not the first movie to star indie darlings Kristen Stewart and Laura Dern, but it is the first one to feature them sharing the screen together. The two actresses appeared in different segments of Kelly Reichardt’s 2016 drama “Certain Women,” which became the filmmaker’s highest grossing movie to date thanks to their star power. Now Dern and Stewart have teamed up for “Jeremiah Terminator LeRoy,” world premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival next month.
“Jeremiah Terminator LeRoy” is the latest from writer-director Justin Kelly, the filmmaker behind “King Cobra” and “I Am Michael.” The film is a true story drama featuring Dern as Laura Albert, who became a literary sensation under the name JT Leroy. Albert recruited her sister-in-law Savannah Knoop (Stewart) to play Leroy in public appearances.
The film is based on Knoop’s 2008 tell-all memoir “Girl Boy Girl: How I Became JT Leroy.” Albert and her alter-ego Leroy were the subject of Jeff Feuerzeig’s acclaimed 2016 documentary “Author: The JT LeRoy Story,” which tracked the rise of Leroy and how the fake person became a celebrity obsession.
Check out the first look at “Jeremiah Terminator LeRoy” in the photo above, courtesy of the Toronto International Film Festival.