Kristen Stewart & Elizabeth Banks Join Jim Sturgess In 'Secretary' Director Steven Shainberg's 'The Big Shoe'

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by Oliver Lyttelton
February 7, 2013 1:12 PM
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When we put together our "where are they now" list of directors who'd gone years without making a film, one of the ones who didn't quite make the cut, but came very close, was Steven Shainberg. The filmmaker's second film "Secretary" was one of the more enduring indie cult classics of the first half of the '00s, but his follow-up, "Fur," with Nicole Kidman and Robert Downey Jr., wasn't embraced by either critics or audiences, and seven years have passed since that film.

Much of that time has been spent trying to make the comedy-drama "The Big Shoe," about a foot-fetishist who's also a gifted shoe designer trying to get away from his overbearing family. A few years ago, the film was attracting the attention of Joaquin Phoenix and Mia Wasikowska, but never quite came together. Fortunately, it got a new lease on life last year as Jim Sturgess took the lead role. And now two more high-profile cast members have joined, as Deadline reports that Kristen Stewart and Elizabeth Banks have come on board the film.

Banks will play a psychotherapist hired by Sturgess' character's family, while Stewart will play his muse, Delphi. Interestingly, there's no mention of Susan Sarandon, who last year was mentioned as playing Sturgess' mother -- presumably she's fallen off the film. The film's being shopped at the European Film Market in Berlin this week, and hopefully financing will come together fairly quickly; it sounds like a fitting successor to "Secretary," and with a pretty promising cast. 

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8 Comments

  • lisa | February 8, 2013 8:13 PMReply

    Why is everyone so bitter about everything in the comments section? I like the cast, and I liked Secretary so I'm hoping this'll be good.

  • KB | February 8, 2013 10:46 AMReply

    It was shopped at the previous Cannes with no takers. The downgrade in actors will guarantee it never sees the light of day.

  • KB | February 8, 2013 10:46 AMReply

    It was shopped at the previous Cannes with no takers. The downgrade in actors will guarantee it never sees the light of day.

  • gee | February 8, 2013 2:50 AMReply

    Sounds like a hot mess and Kristen Stewart is the worst actress of our generation. This is going to fail so bad.

  • Chris L. | February 7, 2013 10:46 PMReply

    I can scarcely fathom what will happen when LexG reads this article. Or maybe I just don't want to. BTW, Steven Shainberg was indeed the director of "Secretary" unless Patricia knows something the world doesn't.

  • Rory | February 7, 2013 10:45 PMReply

    Well dark comedy sounds good..GO KRISTEN!!!

  • patricia | February 7, 2013 7:05 PMReply

    He produced the film "Secretary" he didn't direct it. He did however direct the atrocious film "Fur". This sounds silly and just stupid and not only that to cast Jim Sturgess and Kristen Stewart? I mean she does have alot of free time on her hands.

  • Nina | February 7, 2013 5:46 PMReply

    Joaquin Phoenix and Mia Wasikowska would have been awesome

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