Clark Collis
March 09, 2012 AT 05:00 AM EST

In Jules Stewart‘s debut movie, K-11, Goran Visnjic (Beginners) plays a straight record producer who wakes from a drug-induced blackout to discover not only that he’s in a Los Angeles jail, but he’s been assigned to a dormitory reserved for gay men and transsexuals. ”I was like, ‘This is sci-fi, almost,”’ the former ER star says of his first reading of the script for the indie drama. ”The character is put in such an extreme situation.” Although Stewart’s a new director, she’s no stranger to the biz — having worked for years as a script supervisor and watched her daughter, Twilight‘s Kristen Stewart, become one of the biggest film stars in the world. Kristen was attached to appear in K-11, which will be released later this year, but ultimately jumped ship to star in Snow White and the Huntsman. (Her 26-year-old brother, Cameron Stewart, is in the film, though.) ”As K-11 took longer and longer to get funded, [Kristen] got bigger and bigger,” Jules says. ”We decided it was better for her to go and do Snow White. But I asked her opinion on things. She’s partly responsible for making this a successful film.”

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