Kristen Stewart

Nick Cassavetes Confirmed To Direct Kristen Stewart in ‘Cali’

With directors like Rupert Sanders and Walter Salles singing Kristen Stewart’s praises, another quality helmer has signed up to work with the in-demand actress.

Variety reports Nick Cassavetes, known to most for romantic hit The Notebook, the controversial Alpha Dog, and the Palme d’Or nominated She’s So lovely (1997), will direct Cali – the viseral, action film Stewart will not only star in, but also co-produce.

Cali follows two San Fernando Valley sweethearts on a dangerous ride through the sex industry. After they sell a fake ‘snuff movie’ to unsavoury buyers and make off with a stash of cash, Stewart’s character is forced to return to her old life years later to rescue the younger sister she left behind.

Craig J. Flores (300, Everybody’s Fine, Immortals) and Zev Foreman (Killer Joe, Game of Death), and Michael Diliberti – scriptwriter for Cali – will produce the picture for Voltage Pictures. Production on Cali is forecast for a 2012 late summer start and release in 2013.

Diliberti’s industry history includes 30 Minutes or Less (writer), Stop-Loss (associate producer), the outstanding Notes on a Scandal (executive assistant), and rom-com Failure to Launch (also executive assistant). Voltage will shop Cali at the Cannes Film Market during the Festival, which (offically) opens for business on May 16.

Nick Cassavetes

Commenting on today’s announcement, Foreman said, “Nick’s the perfect director for this gritty, LA-based story, and will smartly balance the dynamic action with a true love story story. Nick’s record of working with top talent continues here in his collaboration with Kristen Stewart.”

This is a phenomenally busy time for Kristen Stewart. Seen attending the Metropolitan Costume Institute Met Gala in NYC yesterday, the actress will join her SWATH co-stars on the European press junket for Universal’s Snow White and The Huntsman kicking off in Paris tomorrow, before hitting London for the premiere of the fairytale fantasy on May 14, then Madrid three days later.

Stewart will join the cast of Walter Salles’s On The Road at the Cannes Film Festival on May 23 for the premiere of the Kerouac-based beat generation classic. The actress will also reprise her role as “Bella Cullen” when Breaking Dawn – Part 2 hit theaters this year on November 16.

Big year. Huge.

Kristen Stewart, Garrett Hedlund, Sam Riley (co-stars in On The Road) on the latest cover of M Le Magazine du Monde

Kristen Stewart, Garrett Hedlund and Sam Riley on the Cover of M Le magazine du Monde