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Saturday, March 1, 2014

Lionsgate pays $7 million for American Ultra

Lionsgate must believe in the chemistry between Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg. The company just paid out $7 million to acquire the rights to the new indie action-comedy, American Ultra. Filming on the project begins next month in New Orleans.
The film tells the story of a stoner (Eisenberg) and his girlfriend (Stewart) after his life is turned around when he discovers the government is plotting to wipe him out due to his past. This is the second pairing of the actors who first collaborated in Greg Mottola's indie success, Adventureland, back in 2009. 

Kristen Stewart spent 2013 fairly under the radar in terms of film. She didn't even have a release last year. The last time we saw her was in 2012 when she starred in On the Road, Snow White and the Huntsman, and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2. She recently starred in the military indie, Camp X-Ray, which premiered to so-so reviews at Sundance. She is also set to appear in Sils Maria and Anesthesia later this year.
Eisenberg was recently cast as Lex Luthor in the upcoming Batman vs Superman project and can be seen this year in The Double and Rio 2. At this point it's probably safe to say he's most famous for his roles in Now You See Me and Zombieland.

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