Kristen Stewart gained international fame beyond all imagination for her role in the teen drama “Twilight,” but it’s led to a series of miscast roles.
In her latest, she plays Lady Diana Spencer in the film biopic “Spencer.”
The first photo of her in the role was released today, and she definitely looks the part.
But moviegoers will have to endure her grating attempt at an English accent and typical stiff acting. Stewart, 30, has never had much range.
This is a role that should have gone to an English actress.
In “Twilight,” she shot to international fame as Bella Swan, an awkward high schooler who falls in love with a local vampire, Edward Cullen, played by Robert Pattinson.
The five-movie series, which began as a one-off indie movie, was wildly popular with young teen fans around the world and grossed more than a $1 billion worldwide.
The last film “Twilight: Breaking Dawn, Part 2” was released in 2012, and all were savaged by critics.
Since her “Twilight” days, she’s had her pick of film roles and starred in a shocking number of flops, not to mention the roles she’s butchered.
Despite her growing film resume, she’s never been nominated for an Oscar or Golden Globe. But Stewart marquee value keeps propelling her career.
She’s starred or appeared in nearly 40 films over the course of her career. Of those, 21 have been critically panned. Since “Twilight,” nine films have been panned.
Her critical losers include “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk,” sci-fi drama “Equals,” “Anesthesia,” “American Ultra,” “On the Road,” “Snow White and the Huntsman” and more recent films like 2019’s “Seberg.”
The latter scored a 35 rating on rottentomatoes, which tracks reviews, based on 130 reviews.
Ironically, the Alliance of Women in Film Journalists nominated Stewart as the “Actress in Most Need of a New Agent.”
Eight of her films, have won critical praise, including “Clouds of Sils Maria,” “Still Alice” and “Camp X-Ray.”
Other winners include “Certain Women,” Woody Allen’s “Cafe Society,” “Personal Shopper” and “Lizzy.”
Lately, most of her characters have been lesbian in keeping with her real life “sexual fluidity.” She’s had a number of high-profile lesbian romances.
Which begs the question: Why Lady Diana?
The upcoming British-German-Chilean drama directed by Pablo Larraín and written by Steven Knight focuses on one of the most volatile period’s in Diana’s life.
The film Film is a fictionalized imagining of three days in her life around Christmas 1991 as she decides to end her marriage to Prince Charles.
Stewart has never been particularly emotive in any of her roles. While she may nail Diana’s coyness, anything beyond that could be a recipe for disaster.
Diana was also the picture of femininity, and for better or worse, Stewart, since coming out, has become more and more butch.
And, her English accent… Good luck with that.
Here’s the first photo in her new role.