Underwater star Kristen Stewart has revealed in an interview with ET Canada that the hardest part of filming the sci-fi horror movie was the practical effects because it made the project “scary” and “genuine.”
“A lot of stuff that we did was super practical. It was fun, it was not hard to do the movie in terms of trying to fantasize and play pretend. It was hard to do the movie because it was scary and it was genuine! It made a lot of these things happen, we blew a lot of stuff up.”
Underwater follows a group of underwater researchers who must scramble to safety after an earthquake devastates their subterranean laboratory. However, Stewart continued to further explain the overall story:
“We start out with a group of people that have decided to be completely alone. So their relationship with society and the world at large anyways is in an extreme sense cut off. The idea that their bosses — the company that runs all of this — even just their being there has put them in harm’s way in the sense that they’ve accessed sort of inaccessible places, that they’ve taken things that don’t belong to them. That we’ve mined the bottom of the ocean, that we’re digging for oil in a place of such mystery that what comes out is an emergency sort of natural disaster, but really it’s a repercussion.”
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Underwater is set for release on January 10th in the US and on February 7th in the UK and features a cast that also includes T.J. Miller, Vincent Cassel, John Gallagher Jr., Jessica Henwick, Mamoudou Athie, and Gunner Wright.