Previously having explored the intricacies of difficult modern relationships with Like Crazy and Breathe In, Drake Doremus is moving into the future with his next film. Equals stars Kristen Stewart and Nicholas Hoult, along with Guy Pearce, Jackie Weaver, and Kate Lyn Sheil, and a new trailer for the dreamy sci-fi romance has been released.
The film is set in a world where emotions have been repressed and everyone lives in perfect harmony until a disease begins switching their feelings back on. Hoult and Stewart play two who begin to fall in love in this dystopian society, and the sexual tension between them is pretty palpable based on this footage. Here's a more complete synopsis:
SILAS (Hoult) lives in a future society called The Collective. The inhabitants of this modern world are a new breed of humans called Equals. Equals are peaceful, calm, fair, and polite. Life in The Collective is perfect; there is no greed, no poverty, no violence, and no emotion. The Equals go through life perfectly serene, disturbed by nothing. But a new disease is threatening everyone: SOS, or Switched-On-Syndrome, is activating in its victims everything they thought they’d escaped: depression, sensitivity, fear, love. Once a person is overtaken with SOS, they are sent away to The Den, and never seen again. Nobody says it, but everyone knows: The Den is where people go to die.When Silas is infected, he becomes an outcast, but he notices one person who seems to understand what he’s going through. NIA (Stewart) has feelings, but she seems to be able to hide them. Only Silas has noticed that she’s different. When he confronts her, they discover a connection that quickly takes over everything. They feel love and intimacy for the first time in their lives. They try to stay away from each other, because the risk of detection is too great, but the pain of being apart is even worse than the pain of living in secret. The only way for them to insure their survival is to escape. But who will help them? Where will they go? With their feelings overtaking them and their love visible to anyone they meet, how can they possibly escape undetected?
Equals doesn't have a release date but is expected to open this summer courtesy of A24.