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See Kristen Stewart as Guantanamo Bay guard in 'Camp X-Ray' trailer

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The first trailer for Camp X-Ray, featuring Kristen Stewart as a Guantanamo Bay guard, has been released.

The IFC film, directed by Peter Sattler, debuted at Sundance and also stars Lane Garrison, Joseph Julian Soria, John Carroll Lynch, and Payman Maadi. It explores the relationship between Stewart’s guard (Stewart) and a detainee (Maadi).

In the trailer, an officer warns the guards not to let the detainees get inside of their heads. Later, when asked how she finds Guantanamo Bay, Stewart’s character responds: “It’s not as black and white as they said it was going to be.”

Camp X-Ray hits theaters Oct. 17.

Kristen Stewart's Sundance movie, 'Camp X-Ray,' lands a distributor

The Kristen Stewart-in-Gitmo movie that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival has landed a distributor. IFC Films announced today that it had acquired the North American rights to the film, which tells the story of a friendship that develops between a lonely military guard (Stewart) and a detainee (A Separation‘s Payman Maadi) at the notorious prison for suspected terrorists in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Written and directed by first-time feature filmmaker Peter Sattler, the film received mixed reviews at the Utah festival.

“Peter Sattler has made a stirring, sensitive and thought-provoking film that features two powerhouse performances by Payman Maadi and Kristen Stewart,” said Jonathan Sehring, president of Sundance Selects/IFC Films, in a statement. “Maadi proves once again that he is a force to be reckoned with and Stewart undoubtedly gives the best and most moving performance of her already remarkable career.”

Sundance 2014: Kristen Stewart as a Guantanamo guard? I didn't buy it

On Entourage, Vincent Chase would do his dumb-whore popcorn movies (like Aqua-Man) and feel humiliated, but the truth is that he rarely looked more hapless than when he was making one of his “integrity” projects — like his Pablo Escobar biopic, or the I’m-just-Vinnie-from-the-block indie Queens Boulevard, which wound up getting showcased at Sundance. If Entourage wasn’t about Vincent Chase but was about Kristen Stewart instead, her Escobar-meets-Queens Boulevard wince-worthy integrity dud might be Camp X-Ray, in which Stewart plays a guard at Guantanamo Bay who winds up uncovering the big lie of American anti-terrorist policy by making friends with one of the prison camp’s detainees. Has he been unjustly imprisoned? Maybe, but as the film sees it, the real injustice is that he’s been locked up with no end in sight, and he’s nice. READ FULL STORY

Sundance 2014: Kristen Stewart and cast talk Guantanamo film 'Camp X-Ray'

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Director Peter Sattler and stars Kristen Stewart, Payman Moaadi, and Lane Garrison sat down with EW’s Sara Vilkomerson to talk about their new film, Camp X-Ray, which explores the relationship between a young woman stationed in Guantanamo Bay (Stewart) and a detainee (Moaadi).

Stewart is a far cry from her Twilight days in the film, donning military garb and bonding over the Harry Potter books with Moaadi’s character. Playing a prison guard, Garrison (Prison Break) admits his role was a new experience as well: “It was nice for me to not play a prisoner for once!”

Camp X-Ray premiered at Sundance on Friday.  Check out the full interview below.
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Casting Net: Liam Neeson in talks for 'Taken 3'; Plus, 'Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day' finds a lead, more

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• Liam Neeson is reportedly in talks to star in a third installment of Taken, about the retired CIA agent who can’t seem to stay out of trouble. Luc Besson and Robert Mark Kamen are already at work on a script, but no director is currently attached. Pierre Morel directed the first installment, which brought in $145 million on an estimated $25 million budget. Olivier Megaton (Colombiana) stepped in to direct the second film, which made about $139.9 million with a $45 million production budget. Lost‘s Maggie Grace played Neeson’s daughter in both films. [Deadline]

• Disney has found its Alexander. Puberty Blues actor Ed Oxenbould will star as the title character in Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. Based on the classic Judith Viorst children’s book, Steve Carrell and Jennifer Garner are starring as Alexander’s parents. Production is slated to begin on the project in August, with Miguel Arteta (Youth in Revolt) set to direct. [Deadline]
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Casting Net: Kristen Stewart joins two indie projects; Plus Keira Knightley to star opposite Benedict Cumberbatch, more

• Kristen Stewart is lining up more projects for life after Twilight. She has signed onto two indie films that will shoot this summer, political drama Camp X-Ray and the Olivier Assayas-directed film Sils Maria. In Camp X-Ray, Stewart will play a young soldier who escapes her small town by joining the military, and, instead of getting a tour of duty in Iraq as she hoped, she ends up being sent to Guantanamo, where she encounters abuse and hatred from her superiors. For Sils Maria, Stewart joins Chloë Grace Moretz (Kick-Ass) and star Juliette Binoche (Chocolat) in the film about the introspective years of middle age. [Deadline]

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