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Kristen Stewart to Star in Clea DuVall's Gay Rom-Com Happiest Season 

Kristen Stewart to Star in Clea DuVall's Gay Rom-Com Happiest Season 

Clea DuVall and Kristen Stewart

Stewart's casting comes at a perfect time when the conversation about casting queer people in LGBTQ roles is heightened. 

Christmas came early this year with the announcement that Kristen Stewart has signed on to star in director Clea DuVall's upcoming holiday comedy Happiest Season from TriStar Pictures, Varietyreports.

DuVall, who's been a favorite with queer women since she starred as a baby lesbian in 1999's conversion therapy satire But I'm a Cheerleader, is directing the film from a script she penned with her writing partner Mary Holland. Happiest Season marks DuVall's second foray into directing a comedy feature, the first being 2016's The Intervention, a modern take on The Big Chill that starred DuVall, Melanie Lynskey, Natasha Lyonne, Cobie Smulders, Alia Shawkat, and Jason Ritter.

Happiest Season tells the story of a young woman who's planned a surprise marriage proposal to her girlfriend while they're home for the holidays, only to discover that her girlfriend is not out to her conservative family, according to Variety.

As the topic of whether or not only LGBTQ people should be cast as such has picked up steam over the past year, the casting of Stewart, who said she hadn't been hiding her sexuality but who declaratively came out of the closet on Saturday Night Livein early 2017, is perfect. Meanwhile, DuVall came out publicly in 2016 while The Intervention was making the film festival rounds.

This summer Stewart starred opposite Chloe Sevigny in Lizzie as accomplice and lover to alleged 19th-century ax murderess Lizzie Borden. Additionally, Stewart plays the titular character in Jeremiah Terminator Leroy opposite Laura Dern, about the early-2000s literary scandal that also rocked Hollywood. The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival this fall and should get a 2019 release.

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