It’s a classic tale of girl-meets-girl, with a bit of Christmas high jinks thrown in for good measure.
This movie is exactly what we all need right now, a big-hearted, hyper-romantic story about a lesbian couple who travel to one of their family’s homes for an annual big Christmas party. One half of the couple plans to propose over the festive season, but those plans are derailed when she discovers that her girlfriend hasn’t come out yet to her ultra-conservative relatives. What happens next? Will they get their happy (Christmas) ending? Almost definitely, but we’ll all have to wait for the movie to come out later this year to find out for sure.
Stewart is producing and starring, but whether as the proposer or the proposee is unclear.
What’s more exciting, though, is the news that she might have found her co-star in one Mackenzie Davis. The Halt and Catch Fire star, who you might have seen in Tully or Blade Runner 2049 or The Martian, is in talks to appear opposite Stewart as her romantic interest, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The film has an impressive female team behind the scenes, to, which includes Clea DuVall as writer-director, Mary Holland as writer and Hannah Minghella as a producer.
Davis is exactly who we would want to star opposite Stewart in this movie. The actress is about to lead the female-reboot of The Terminator franchise alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Carter. She’s also got a Henry James adaptation on the books for 2019, too. All she needs to complete a stellar 2019 is a smart, sexy romantic comedy.
And it’s all we need, too, especially with Stewart at the helm pushing for the film’s message of inclusivity and love. 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 and Davis in the starring roles.
Stewart has been called Hollywood’s most prominent LGBTQ+ advocate, and she has always been upfront about bisexuality. Speaking to the Guardian in 2017, she stressed that sexuality shouldn’t be a confusing issue.
“I think things are changing,” she said. “I mean, I don’t think I would have approached my life different if that hadn’t been the case. But who knows? Individually we are all part of that change and so I can take some credit for it, I guess, there’s no reason why I should shy away from that.”
“But all that prejudice; it’s going for sure… I mean, yeah, it’s definitely still there. People still have some horrendous f**king experiences. But it’s cool that you don’t have to nail everything down any more. That whole certainty about whether you’re straight or gay or whatever. You’re not confused if you’re bisexual. It’s not confusing at all. For me, it’s quite the opposite.”
Well said. And we can’t wait for Stewart and Davis’ queer Christmas rom com to further prove her point. May it be the first of many, many more queer romantic comedies in the future.