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JT LeRoy Starring Kristen Stewart, Laura Dern, Courtney Love, Jim Sturgess and Diane Kruger

Updated: May 8, 2019


Starring Kristen Stewart, Laura Dern, Courtney Love, Jim Sturgess and Diane Kruger


JT LeRoy was filmed in Winnipeg, written and directed by Justin Kelly (I Am Michael, King Cobra) and based on the book "Girl Boy Girl: How I Became JT Leroy" by Savannah Knoop, the film showcases the dream casting of Kristen Stewart (Clouds of Sils Maria, Personal Shopper) and Laura Dern ("Big Little Lies," Certain Women).


The film opened on May 3rd and is expanding across Canada throughout the month.  May 3rd was the theatrical screenings in - Toronto, Montreal, Edmonton, Victoria May 17th - Vancouver June 28th - Ottawa, etc.


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Based on Savannah Knoop’s memoir Girl Boy Girl: How I Became JT LeRoy, this captivating true story goes beyond the headlines to tell the story of the most compelling literary scandal of our generation.

Laura Albert (Laura Dern) writes as her “avatar,” a disenfranchised young queer man named JT LeRoy. When her debut novel becomes a best-seller and JT becomes the darling of the literary world, she comes up with a unique solution to preserve her anonymity but give life to her nom-de-plume. Enter her boyfriend’s androgynous sister Savannah Knoop (Kristen Stewart), who connects with Laura’s punk, feminist, outsider universe and agrees to be JT in the public eye. Together, they embark on a wild ride of double lives, infiltrating the Hollywood and literary elite, and discovering who they are while pretending to be someone else.


Justin Kelly Director / Writer / Executive Producer, Savannah Knoop, Writer / Executive Producer, Patrick Walmsley Producer, Julie Yorn Producer, Thor Bradwell Producer, Cassian Elwes Producer, GiriTharan Producer, Mark Amin Producer, Dave Hansen Producer, Bobby Bukowski Cinematographer, Jean-André Carrière Production Designer, Aaron I.Butler, Editor, Tim Kvasnosky Composer.


Starring Kristen Stewart & Laura Dern



KRISTEN STEWART

as Savannah


Internationally-acclaimed actress Kristen Stewart has been playing roles since her early years and received widespread recognition in 2008 for The Twilight Saga film series (2008–12). Stewart starred in a wide variety of films with success in both mainstream and indie projects.


Her film credits include SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN (2012), EQUALS by Drake Doremus (2015) BILLY LYNN'S LONG HALFTIME WALK by Ang Lee (2016), and several Cannes Film Festival Selections: ON THE ROAD by Walter Salles (2012), CLOUDS OF SILS MARIA by Olivier Assayas (2014) - for which she won a multitude of accolades, including a César Award -PERSONAL SHOPPER (2016) written for her by the same director, and CAFÉ SOCIETY by Woody Allen. She directed her first short film COME SWIM in 2017. Stewart can be next seen in JEREMIAH TERMINATOR LEROY by Justin Kelly.


LAURA DERN

as Laura


Two-time Academy Award nominee Laura Dern has touched many audiences and critics alike with her moving and heartfelt performances. For her Oscar nominated performance in RAMBLING ROSE, Critic Peter Travers explained that Dern "ranks among the best actresses of her generation." In 2010, in celebration of their family legacy in film and television, Dern, her mother Diane Ladd and father Bruce Dern were awarded with the first ever “Family Star Ceremony” on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In addition to her two Oscar nominations, Dern has received 4 Golden Globe Awards and has been nominated for 6 Primetime Emmy Awards.


In addition to her extensive film and television credits, Dern has been prolific in her producing career with three upcoming projects for HBO including TINY BEAUTIFUL THINGS, UNTITLED ALEX GIBNEY PROJECT and UNTITLED BROWNIE WISE PROJECT. In 2016, she was also selected to serve on The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences’ Board of Governors.


DIANE KRUGER

as Eva


Born in Germany, Kruger was first launched to international fame as the infamous Helen in Wolfgang Petersen’s TROY, opposite Brad Pitt and Orlando Bloom. That same year, she starred with Josh Hartnett in Paul McGuigan’s WICKER PARK. She has since starred in both the U.S. and in Europe in such films as the Oscar®-nominated French film JOYEUX NOEL; COPYING BEETHOVEN, with Ed Harris; GOODBYE BAFANA, Bille August’s ode to Nelson Mandela, also starring Joseph Fiennes; and ANYTHING FOR HER (POUR ELLE), from director Fred Cavayé. Kruger is also known for her roles in the Sci-Fi thriller THE HOST, alongside Saoirse Ronan, her dual role in MR. NOBODY, with Jared Leto, Sarah Polley and Rhys Ifans, and Baltasar Kormakur’s harrowing indie feature about organ trafficking, INHALE, also starring Sam Shepherd, Dermot Mulroney and Patricia Arquette. Kruger also starred opposite Djimon Hounsou in the French-filmed action adventure SPECIAL FORCES, from director Stephane Rybojad and the high grossing Jerry Bruckheimer NATIONAL TREASURE films opposite Nicolas Cage.


Diane Kruger was most recently seen in the German film IN THE FADE, directed by Fatih Akin. The film premiered at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival where Kruger was awarded Best Actress for her performance. Among other accolades, IN THE FADE was awarded Best Foreign Film at the Golden Globe Awards and Critic’s Choice Movie Awards in 2018. Up next, Kruger will star in Robert Zemeckis’ THE WOMEN OF MARWEN opposite Steve Carrel, which is set to be released November 21, 2018.


Also in the works for Kruger is the John Kennedy Toole biopic BUTTERFLY IN THE TYPEWRITER starring Susan Sarandon and Thomas Mann, and Yuval Adler’s spy thriller THE OPERATIVE opposite Eric Bana. Kruger is an ambassador for The Global Fund and a strong supporter of amfAR (The Foundation for AIDS Research), UNICEF and Stand Up To Cancer.



DIRECTOR of JT LeRoy


JUSTIN KELLY's feature debut as writer-director, I AM MICHAEL (James Franco, Zachary Quinto, and Emma Roberts), was executive produced by Gus Van Sant and premiered at Sundance and Berlinale's 2015 festivals. He's since written and directed IFC's KING COBRA (James Franco, Christian Slater, and Garrett Clayton), and Sony's WELCOME THE STRANGER (Riley Keough, Caleb Landry

Jones, and Abbey Lee.He lives in Los Angeles.


I read JT LeRoy’s novel, Sarah, upon its release in 2000. I loved his writing but I was far more interested in his character—an androgynous wunderkind, he maintained an air of mystery, secrecy, and Warholian intrigue. I lived in San Francisco at the height of his notoriety so when the news broke in 2006 that JT was a fictional character brought to life by two women I was shocked, confused, and wildly fascinated... how did they pull this off? And, why? I am drawn to stories about people whose desire to shift their identity manifests in ways you wouldn’t imagine, and my own work often deals with the extremes that characters are willing to endure in order to be, or be perceived as, someone else, so when I read Savannah Knoop's memoir Girl Boy Girl: How I Became JT LeRoy, I was beyond drawn to this story about finding

oneself while pretending to be someone else. In fact, while writing the script I kept thinking of Pinky (Sissy Spacek) in Robert Altman’s 3 Women— a character who is unable to grow into her complete self until she’s lived the experience of being someone else.


The body of JT, Savannah Knoop (Kristen Stewart) and the writer of his books, Laura Albert (Laura Dern), were quickly written off as “two women who wanted fame and money,” when their story is in fact far more complicated and... strange. I strive to tell stories about controversial characters without judgement and I believe that even those who felt betrayed will come away from this film with an understanding of why a “one time thing” turned into a years-long wild ride of leading double-lives.


Although it’s been 18 years since the publication of JT’s best-selling novel Sarah and 12 years since his world-wide fan base learned that, as the New York Times wrote, “he’s a she,” this story feels even more relevant now than ever—it’s about the power of belief, the cult of personality, the fluidity of self, and the desire to belong.



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