More Big-Name Stars Join the Cast of Anesthesia

Sunday, we got the unexpected news that Kristen was part of a new Indie film titled, Anesthesia. To add to our surprise, Kristen was spotted in New York City filming that very day! Now that the project has been picked up at the big media outlets, more information about the project is being revealed and more people are being added to what seems to be a star-studded ensemble cast.

Tim Blake Nelson is getting more company on his ensemble drama Anesthesia. The Lincoln actor wrote, stars in, and is directing the pic which follows the disparate stories of New Yorkers whose lives come together after the violent mugging of a Columbia University philosophy professor. Sam Waterston has been cast as said professor, Walter Zarrow. Oscar-nominated Glenn Close will play Zarrow’s wife Marcia, with Corey Stoll (Midnight In Paris) as an investment banker who witnesses the attack and Gretchen Mol as his wife, an alcoholic New Jersey homemaker. As I reported Sunday, Twilight‘s Kristen Stewart has taken a supporting role in the ensemble drama; she’ll play Zarrow’s troubled student Sophie. Nelson will step in front of the camera himself to play Zarrow’s son.

Also joining the microbudget indie are Mol’s Boardwalk Empire costar Michael K. Williams, Jessica Hecht (Breaking Bad), Mickey Sumner (Frances Ha), and K. Todd Freeman (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles). Julie Buck, Josh Hetzler, Christopher Scott, and Nelson are producing the film which is now shooting in NYC. Anesthesia marks Nelson’s fifth directorial feature. He’s been busy lately with an upcoming acting slate that includes Tommy Lee Jones’ The Homesman, Focus Features’ crime pic Kill The Messenger, and James Franco‘s last five directing projects.

Source: Deadline

Kristen Filming Anesthesia in New York

UPDATE: According to a Deadline exclusive Kristen has a small role in Anesthesia, and wil shoot in New York for a couple of days;

Twilight‘s Kristen Stewart has joined the ensemble cast of writer-director Tim Blake Nelson‘s Anesthesia in a small role. She’ll be shooting for a few days on the indie, about a group of New Yorkers whose lives are touched by the same philosophy professor. Pic is currently filming in NYC. Nelson’s last directorial effort was 2009′s Leaves Of Grass, which he also starred in and scripted.

(Source: Deadline)

According to a Facebook status casting dogs for a film called Anesthesia, Kristen looks to be starring in it, with filming starting in New York in November and December. (Source: Facebook / Rop Vazquez)

They are still looking: Anyone have 2 medium-sized dogs that want to appear in two short scenes in a film called “Anesthesia,” with Kristen Stewart & Gretchen Mol, which will be filming in NYC in November and December of this year.

Here is the current Production Weekly status of Anesthesia. (via Twitter / KStewAngel)

Prod Weekly info about “ANESTHESIA” Feature Film 08-22-13

STATUS: November 3
PRODUCER: Josh Hetzler – Christopher Scott
WRITER/DIRECTOR: Tim Blake Nelson PM: Julie Buck

A group of New Yorkers dealing with various stages of life and its attendant joys and tribulations are all touched in some way by beloved philosophy professor Walter Zarrow. (November 3 – December 10)

There have been a few sightings of Kristen filming at Columbia University in NY.

@Dylan_Ptacek: I see you Columbia, closing the dining halls so Kristen Stewart can film in them @FuckingColumbia

@itsfrickinvivi: I swear that’s K Stew y’all


@risapj: Just saw Kristin Stewart on campus! #Columbia

@magnimarion: On the shoot of #Anesthesia being extra on set with #KristenStewart and director #TimBlakeNelson @ColumbiaSchArts #columbiauniversity #newyorkcity #movies Kstew is the brunette with her head turned toward the LLC, we promise.