With Christmas around the corner and all the holiday-themed romcoms being brought out for their sole appearance of the year, there’s news of another winter-set romance in the works.
Kristen Stewart has signed on to star in the LGBTQ-themed holiday romance, Happiest Season. Clea DuVall is set to direct from a script penned by Mary Holland, and the film is set to follow a young woman who plans to propose to her girlfriend at her family’s annual holiday party, but then realises her partner hasn’t yet come out to her conservative parents.
DuVall, an underrated actor herself who often appeared in interesting independent productions in the late 90s/early 2000s, previously directed The Intervention, a quaint, smart film which followed four couples away on a weekend getaway, only for one of them to realise the trip is a planned intervention of their marriage.
It showed DuVall’s directorial chops, and may have been the catalyst for TriStar Pictures picking up the worldwide rights to Happiest Season, which will mark her first directorial effort at the studio level.
It will be great to see Stewart – one of the great contemporary actors – in lighter, romantic fare after her last few years have been filled with darker but excellent performances in films such as Personal Shopper and Clouds Of Sils Maria. She does also have Charlie’s Angels set up at Sony, with Elizabeth Banks directing, as well as Against All Enemies, where she’ll play Jean Seberg.
Stewart always picks interesting roles and projects, and Happiest Season is the latest. There’s no word yet on when production is set to begin, but it’s likely the film will try and hit cinemas next Christmas if possible.