Kristen Stewart’s mom has made her directorial debut with a film about a rape victim, and almost landed a big actress for one of the lead roles — Kristen Stewart.
Jules Stewart has gone behind the camera in the LBGT prison drama K-11, which is set for release on Friday. She wanted her daughter to play a big role in the film, but Kristen was so busy shooting Snow White and the Huntsmen and other projects that she just couldn’t find time.
“She kept working and she kept working and she kept working,” Kristen Stewart’s mom told Us Weekly about downsizing her daughter’s role in the movie. “And she got really big and we were still really small and I was like, ‘Go! Go do Snow White, please, go make those big films honey, that’s wonderful!’”
Jules tapped Youth in Revolt‘s Portia Doubleday to play the role originally pegged for Kristen, though Jules was still able to find a place for her daughter in the film. She’s got a brief role as a secretary.
“You’ll have to look very hard to find her,” Jules Stewart said.
Still, Kristen Stewart’s mom thinks her daughter would have nailed the part, which includes an on-scene rape.
“Kristen has a dark side,” Jules said about the grittier lead role. “Kristen has the edge — thank god, right?”
K-11 isn’t exactly earning good marks with critics. Gawker pointedly called the directorial debut from Kristen Stewart’s mom “watchable trash.”
“A neo-jailsploitation yarn that’s virtually threadbare, K-11 is trash,” wrote Rich Juzwiak. “It’s watchable trash that very explicitly pushes lurid buttons by being set in the gay/trans wing of the Los Angeles’ Men’s Central Jail and having its characters ridiculously spar over contraband drugs and turf and showers.”
Even the film itself seems to be promoting some of those tepid reviews. Its site displays a quote from The Hollywood Reporter that said the film is “(l)ike a deranged John Waters remake of The Shawshank Redemption.”
Fans who want to catch the debut of Kristen Stewart’s mom can find K-11 in select theaters starting on Friday.