K-11 is without a doubt Kristen Stewart’s most outrageous film ever, and who better to credit than her own mother, director and writer Jules Stewart. Read on for all the reasons you must see this captivating film.
OK, so Kristen Stewart doesn’t actually star in K-11, but she does voice a key role — the lead character’s secretary, Karen, who answers his desperate phone call from prison. Jules Stewart proves she’s got what it takes to be an A-list filmmaker with her directorial debut. Bravo!
Welcome to K-11, the intensely bizarre, sexually-charged, creepy jail dormitory in Los Angeles, reserved only for gay men and transgenders. In an interview, Jules says that a real K-11 actually exists in the Los Angeles County Men’s Central Jail and that’s where the idea for her film originated.
The film centers around Raymond Saxx, a tall, dark and handsome (like Robert Pattinson) music producer who wakes up to find himself incarcerated in this disturbing, drug-infested asylum run by a hostile, transgender diva named Mousy, played with perfection by Latina star Kate del Castillo.
Raymond, played by charismatic Croatian actor Goran Visnjic, is most definitely a fish out of water, and must do what it takes to survive in this nightmare dwelling that’s infested with an odd list of colorful inmates, including the vulnerable Butterfly, a sweet transgender played by the likeable Portia Doubleday. This was actually the role Jules wanted her daughter Kristen to portray and, interestingly enough, Portia resembles a young Jodie Foster.
Kristen Stewart’s Involvement
In a an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Jules said, “As K-11 took longer and longer to get funded, [Kristen] got bigger and bigger. We decided it was better for her to go and do Snow White. But I asked her opinion on things. She’s partly responsible for making this a successful film.”
While watching the movie, I thought to myself, “Thank God, Kristen wasn’t in this film because the character she would have played — Butterfly — gets raped repeatedly by a child molester, and it’s just way too disturbing!” In retrospect, Kristen would have been quite right for the role. The rape scenes are not graphic and I can now see why Jules wanted Kristen for this multilayered, complex role. Portia, who stars in the upcoming remake of Carrie alongside Chloe Grace Moretz, totally pulls it off and will no doubt make a big name for herself in time to come.
Was Rob Pattinson Considered For The Lead Role?
I couldn’t help but think of Rob Pattinson when watching Goran charm the transgenders and gay men alike. I think Rob could have played the lead role, but I must say Jules made the most perfect choice casting Goran, who just finished filming the new Ridley Scott thriller The Counselor with Brad Pitt and Penelope Cruz.
Cameron Stewart’s Acting Debut
K-11 also stars Kristen’s older brother Cameron B. Stewart who plays Sledgehammer – not a huge role, but not bad for his acting debut!
Making quite an impression is D.B. Sweeney who plays the ultra sleazy, coke-snorting Sgt. Johnson who tries to rape some of the inmates. He deserves an Oscar for creepiest guy ever!
Why ‘K-11′ Is A Must-See
I was pleasantly surprised with what Jules achieved on K-11. At the beginning, this group of misfits seem kind of gross and unappealing, but by the end of the film, you care about these inmates and they care about each other. They are a family — yes a rather dysfunctional family, but a family nonetheless.
K-11 is current, edgy, fearless, quirky, sexy…kind of like Kristen Stewart!
The movie opens in select theaters and On Demand on March 15. K-11 is not suitable for people under the age of 18.
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WATCH: ‘K-11’s Theatrical Trailer
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