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FIRST LOOK: Kristen Stewart's New Indie Flick

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Forget the supernatural: In Kristen Stewart‘s next project, the New Moon star is taking a deeply human turn, playing a troubled teenager in the indie flick The Yellow Handkerchief, due in theaters in February.

Costarring William Hurt, Mario Bello and Eddie Redmayne, the movie explores the relationships between three strangers who embark on a road trip through post-Katrina Louisiana. Stewart plays Martine, a teen who hopes to escape her family, while Hurt plays Brett Hanson, a man who has to choose between his ex-wife (played by Bello) or what’s next.

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“The part of Kristen in Twilight is completely different from the one she plays in The Yellow Handkerchief, which is particularly interesting for Kristen’s fans all over the world,” says the film’s Oscar winning producer Arthur Cohn. “In my personal opinion, from a pure acting point of view, The Yellow Handkerchief was a more difficult part to play.”

Cohn says that Stewart got the part thanks to the recommendation of one famous former costar.

“It was Jodie Foster, whom I respect and admire, who wholeheartedly recommended Kristen,” he says of her Panic Room costar, “and has always considered her a truly excellent young actress.”

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