With this news, Christmas has come early.
How many Christmas movies is too many Christmas movies?
If you answered: the limit does not exist, you are correct. It’s scientifically impossible for there to be too many Christmas movies. From the classics (The Holiday, It’s A Wonderful Life, Miracle on 34th Street) to the cosy upstarts (A Christmas Prince, The Princess Switch, etc etc), we’ll love and watch them all.
And now that includes Happiest Season, the forthcoming lesbian Christmas movie that has attracted the star power of nobody less than Kristen Stewart, Variety reports.
Happiest Season follows a lesbian couple who travel to one of their family’s homes for their annual Christmas party. One half of the couple’s plans to propose over the festive season are derailed when she discovers that her girlfriend hasn’t come out yet to her very conservative family. What happens next? Will they get their happy (Christmas) ending?
We’ll have to wait for the movie to be released to find out. (But it’s almost definitely a yes.)
Stewart is in talks to star as the lead, although whether that is the proposer or the proposee is unclear, but my money is on the proposer. The film has an impressive female team behind the scenes, too, which includes Clea DuVall as writer-director, Mary Holland as writer and Hannah Minghella as a producer.
There’s an absolute paucity of LGBTQ+ romantic comedies in general, let alone Christmas movies. Happiest Season has the potential to become a true classic, especially with Stewart in the starring role.
The actress has a pretty exciting upcoming slate, which includes a supporting role in the Chloe Sevigny-starring Lizzie Borden biopic Lizzie, portraying Jean Seberg in a movie about the sixties civil rights movement, a thriller about a crew of subterranean researchers trapped underwater after an earthquake and, the piece de resistance: a key role as one of the Angels in Elizabeth Banks’ Charlies Angels reboot.
It’s that movie, which also stars Naomi Scott and Midsomer Murders’ Ella Balinska rounding out the trio of Angels, which has many excited for Stewart’s return to more traditional blockbuster fare after toiling away in independent movies all these years. Banks is directing with To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before’s Noah Centineo, Sam Claflin, Sir Patrick Stewart and Djimon Hounsou all co-starring.
Speaking to Variety, Stewart said: “I know if I say this a certain way, I know that this will be written down. But it’s not such a bad thing. It’s kind of like a ‘woke’ version.”
There’s also going to be a “whole network of angels” in this new version, Stewart says, rather than three lone secret agents. “Women across the entire globe are connected and helping each other.” A network that might include cameos from Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore and Lucy Liu, the trio of women who made up the Angel crew in the smash-hit noughties reboot.
“I don’t know,” Stewart told Variety. “I’ll ask them though. I’ll hit them up. I’ll be like, ‘Hey guys, you know.’”
If anyone can convince them to make it happen, it’s Kristen Stewart.
Charlie’s Angels will be released in UK cinemas on 27 September, 2019.