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First look at Kristen Stewart's new movie Love Lies Bleeding

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Kristen Stewart's new movie has unveiled a first glimpse of its stars in action.

Love Lies Bleeding sees Stewart in the role of a reclusive gym manager named Lou, who falls hard for ambitious bodybuilder Jackie (played by Black Lightning's Katy O'Brian).

The romantic thriller, directed by Rose Glass, whose chilling debut movie Saint Maud received a five-star review from Digital Spy in 2020, tells how the pair's love "ignites violence, pulling them deep into the web of Lou's criminal family".

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The movie, co-written by Glass and Weronika Tofilska, will premiere as a Midnight screening at next month's Sundance Film Festival, where the likes of Hit Man, How to Have Sex and Krazy House also bolster the program.

The festival's website reports a "bombastic, larger-than-life sophomore effort" from Glass, electrified by an "off-the-wall, rambunctious lesbian love story".

"As a small-town gym and a ravine just outside city limits become the playground for all flavours of mischief and mayhem, a heightened Americana sensibility and Glass' deliciously distinctive, bold style create a world that is at once familiar and entirely fresh," it states.

"Love Lies Bleeding is somehow as sweetly romantic about loyalty as it is doggedly hedonistic. With a vaulting imagination and its roots in deeply human places, this film packs a gut punch unlike any other."

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Elsewhere on the cast sheet is Jena Malone (The Hunger Games), Ed Harris (Westworld), Dave Franco (The Disaster Artist) and Anna Baryshnikov (Dickinson).

The Twilight star's hair transformation for the role was revealed by a set photo back in June 2022.

Love Lies Bleeding will premiere at Sundance Film Festival next month.

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