Watch: First trailer drops for Kristen Stewart's new lesbian bodybuilding thriller

Love Lies Bleeding is described as “an electric new love story" and fans have confirmed it has all the elements of a perfect queer thriller.

Photograph of Kristen Stewart in a yellow t-shirt from her new thriller film
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Kristen Stewart will star alongside Katy M O’Brian in a new “electric love story” called Love Lies Bleeding, and after a first glimpse at the trailer, fans have confirmed that it has all the elements of a perfect queer thriller.

Directed by Rose Glass and co-written by Glass and Weronika Tofilska, the official synopsis for Love Lies Bleeding describes the film as “an electric new love story; reclusive gym manager Lou (Stewart) falls hard for Jackie (O’Brian), an ambitious bodybuilder headed through town to Vegas in pursuit of her dream. But their love ignites violence, pulling them deep into the web of Lou’s criminal family.”

The film also stars Ed Harris, Jena Malone, Anna Baryshnikov and Dave Franco. Harris plays Lou’s menacing father, whose hobbies appear to include violence, weapons, and trying to avoid the FBI.

The trailer pairs an 80’s thriller soundtrack against a montage of police cars, mugshots, and compelling clips of Kristen Stewart as Lou, who falls for O’Brian’s character, Jackie, a stage-performing bodybuilder. But their “love ignites violence, pulling them deep into the web of Lou’s criminal family.”

The trailer quickly escalates from romance to Lou and Jackie fighting, visiting a gun range, and then working together to dispose of a body wrapped in the blanket in the back of a pick-up truck.

Based on initial reactions, this one is expected to be a fan favourite!


Out Magazine praised the trailer for portraying the Lesbian Gaze since Jackie’s character is ” built, ripped, stacked, and sexy in a way that specifically queer women will love,” adding, “With her broad shoulders, Dorito body-type, and genuinely huge muscles, she’s a new type of movie star and a new type of sex symbol. And we are here for it.”


The new Kristen Stewart thriller, full of romance, blood and gore, will premiere in January at the 2024 Sundance Film Festival. The film is scheduled to be released in cinemas in March, and it will reach Irish cinemas on April 19, 2024.

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