Though she’s still undoubtedly best known for her role as lovelorn teenager Bella Swan in the blockbuster Twilight franchise, Kristen Stewart has been taking big steps to showcase her dramatic chops in recent years. First, in between the penultimate and final entries of that supernatural romance saga, she brought free-spirited Marylou to life in a surprisingly strong adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s On the Road. Then, Stewart went full action heroine for Snow White & the Huntsman, a mediocre title boosted by her convincing work.
Stewart’s most exciting performance to date is one we have yet to see – the actress is toplining Clouds of Sils Maria with Juliette Binoche and Chloe Grace Moretz later this year – but before that title hits, Stewart’s Sundance pic Camp X-Ray, in which she plays a Guantanamo Bay prison guard who bonds with a detainee (Payman Maadi), will be getting a theatrical run in October.
Today, a new trailer for the Pete Sattler-written and directed pic has arrived, emphasizing the strength of Stewart and Maadi’s turns. Though our critic Emily Estep was not a fan, giving it two-and-a-half stars and concluding that, “There’s a lot of wasted potential here, as Camp X-Ray falls flat when attempting to approach larger issues of human rights,” she did note that Stewart’s performance marked “some of her best work yet.”
Check out the new trailer below, and let us know whether you’ll be lining up to see Camp X-Ray when it hits theaters on October 17th.
A young woman joins the military to be part of something bigger than herself and her small town roots. But she ends up as a new guard at Guantanamo Bay instead, where her mission is far from black and white. Surrounded by hostile jihadists and aggressive squadmates, she strikes up an unusual friendship with one of the detainees. A story of two people, on opposite sides of a war, struggling to find their way through the ethical quagmire of Guantanamo Bay. And in the process, they form an unlikely bond that changes them both.