The role marks a major departure for Stewart, who gained international fame as a symbol of eternal love between a woman, and, well, a vampire in the “Twilight” film series.
A number of her roles have been ambiguous since then, although she played Nicholas Hoult’s on-screen lover in the sci-fi movie “Equals.”
She was had a romantic lead part in Woody Allen’s comedy-drama, “Cafe Society,” opposite Jesse Eisenberg.
In real life, Stewart hasn’t been romantically involved with a man since her explosive affair with Rupert Sanders, director of “Snow White and the Huntsman,” and a married father of two.
The cheating scandal led to the end of her four-year relationship with “Twilight” co-star Robert Pattinson. Both went their separate ways back in 2013, despite numerous tabloid reports.
Since then, the 26-year-old actress has been romantically linked with a string of women, including her current partner and former assistant, Alicia Cargile.
She came out as a lesbian in the August issue of Elle magazine. Since then, she’s spoken more openly about her relationship and sexuality.
IM reported at the time that Hollywood’s overt discrimination against gay actresses could hurt her ability to land roles as a romantic lead actress. Both “Equals” and “Cafe Society” were filmed before she came out.
In her latest movie, Stewart plays Beth Travis, a young lawyer and night-school teacher who struggles to form a relationship with a rough-hewn ranch hand played by Lily Gladstone.
Gladstone, 29, who is part Native American, was raised on the Blackfeet Reservation in Northwestern Montana. “Certain Women” is considered a breakout role for her.
Stewart also co-stars with Laura Dern and Michelle Williams.
Dern is also a lawyer who gets caught up in a hostage situation involving her disgruntled client played by Jared Harris.
Williams stars opposite James Le Gros. They’re a married couple who break ground on a new home.
Fissures in their marriage are revealed when they are confronted by the ethical dilemma of trying “to persuade an elderly man to sell his stockpile of sandstone,” according to the movie’s synopsis.
The picture was screen for the first time at the Sundance Film Festival in January.
Among the 18 critics who’ve seen it, the film scores a perfect 100 rating on, rottentomatoes, a Web site that tracks reviews. Metacritic gives the film an 85 rating.
“Certain Women’ is set for a limited release Oct. 14. Check out the trailer below.
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