15 Stars in Sundance 2018 Moviesby IMDb-Editors | last updated - 5 months ago
The 2018 Sundance Film Festival includes a number of star-studded titles. Here are a selection of 15 stars and the movies in which they feature.
The Star Wars actress plays the titular role in Ophelia, a retelling of Shakespeare’s "Hamlet" from the female perspective. Set in medieval-era Denmark, Ridley stars as the queen’s lady-in-waiting who enters into a secret love affair with charismatic crown prince, Hamlet. But when betrayal strikes the court, Ophelia must choose between love and loyalty.
The "Game of Thrones" star plays the last man on earth in I Think We're Alone Now. The apocalypse proves a blessing in disguise for this lucky recluse until a second survivor – played by Elle Fanning – arrives with the threat of companionship. The film is directed by Reed Morano, who became the first woman to win the Emmy for drama series directing in 22 years for her work on "The Handmaid’s Tale."
The Twilight star, who has established some impressive indie credits since the end of the vampire series in 2012, plays maid Bridget in psychological thriller Lizzie, based on the infamous 1892 murders of the Borden family. Lizzie Borden, with whom Bridget enters an intimate relationship, is played by Chloë Sevigny.
The fast-rising star of "Atlanta" and Get Out will next be seen in Sorry to Bother You playing telemarketer Cassius Green, who discovers a magical key to professional success, but is propelled into a macabre universe. At this year’s Sundance, Stanfield will also be seen in religious drama Come Sunday and short LaZercism.
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Perhaps best known for her roles in Birdman, Oblivion, and the latest season of "Black Mirror," the British actress stars in Nancy. In the film, Riseborough plays a serial liar who encounters a couple whose young daughter went missing 30 years ago. As fact and fiction begin to blur in her mind, Nancy begins to believe these strangers are her real parents. At Sundance 2018, Riseborough will also be seen in the Nicolas Cage action thriller Mandy and racism drama Burden.
The award-winning actor, who was at Sundance back in 2001 with Donnie Darko, returns in Wildlife. Set in the 1960s, Gyllenhaal plays a golf pro in a small town who loses his job and sense of purpose after a forest fire. The breakdown on the relationship with his wife, played by Carey Mulligan, is witnessed by their teenage son. The film marks the directorial debut of actor Paul Dano.
The actress, who most-recently starred in HBO series "The Deuce," will be seen at Sundance in The Kindergarten Teacher. Gyllenhaal plays the teacher of the title who is growing increasingly tired of life until she discovers a five-year-old student she believes could be a child prodigy. Fascination transforms into obsession as she attempts to steer the youngster away from living the same dull life she herself has experienced.
The star of Sundance 2017 hit Mudbound heads back to Park City with another racially-charged drama, Burden. Based on a true story, Hedlund stars as Klu Klux Klansman Mike Burden, who opens the Redneck Shop and KKK museum in historic Laurens, South Carolina. But when Mike falls in love with a single mother (Andrea Riseborough), he is influenced to quit the Klan and is taken in by an African American preacher (Forest Whitaker) who offers redemption.
Following memorable roles in Star Wars: The Last Jedi and the HBO series "Big Little Lies," Dern will be seen at Sundance in The Tale. She plays a globetrotting journalist and professor who begins to recall teenage experiences with two adult coaches when her mother finds a story she wrote aged 13. The film becomes an investigation into one woman's memory as she is forced to re-examine her first sexual relationship and the stories we tell ourselves in order to survive.
The "Westworld" star plays the father of a 17-year-old on trial in Monster. The story centers on the bright teenager, who acted as lookout during a fatal armed robbery in Harlem, and must now attempt to win his freedom. Wright is also an executive producer on the film and stars opposite Jennifer Hudson, who plays his wife and mother of the accused teenager.
The British actress, whose early performance in Bend it Like Beckham was seen at Sundance in 2003, returns to the festival with the period biopic Colette. Knightley stars as the eponymous Colette, one of the most important writers to come out of France in the 20th century, and tells the story of her creative awakening in turn-of-the-century Paris. It also explores how her husband took credit for her popular Claudine novels and how she reclaimed her literary voice.
The star of "The Big Bang Theory" heads to the big screen in A Kid Like Jake. Parsons plays one half of a married couple, opposite "Homeland" star Claire Danes, whose relationship is tested when their 4-year-old son expresses a love of dresses, fairy tales, and princesses over the traditional G.I. Joe. Parsons was also a producer on the movie.
The two-time Oscar winner will be seen at Sundance in What They Had. Swank plays a woman who must fly back to her hometown when her dementia-stricken mother wanders into a blizzard. The return home forces her to confront her past and renews tensions within her family. One of Swank’s Oscar wins came for Boys Don’t Cry, snippets of which were screened at Sundance in 1999 when the production was seeking finance under the title Take it Like a Man.
Like his Twilight co-star Kristen Stewart, Pattinson has carved out an impressive indie career playing a wide range of characters in the wake of that blockbuster franchise. Damsel appears to be another such addition. Pattinson plays Samuel Alabaster, a businessman who travels West to join his fiancée in the mountains. Co-starring Mia Wasikowska, the movie is described as a comedy-drama Western. Consider us intrigued.
Chloë Grace Moretz
The young actress, who was at Sundance in 2009 with 500 Days of Summer, returns to Park City as the star of The Miseducation of Cameron Post. Moretz plays Cameron Post, a teenager who is caught having a sexual encounter with the prom queen. Cameron is then forced into a gay conversion therapy center by her conservative aunt and uncle, but rather than submitting to their “de-gaying” methods, she is provided with an unlikely gay community.