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Keira Knightley Premieres ‘Laggies’ at Sundance

The actress, who plays a young woman suffering a quarter-life crisis, lavished praise on her co-stars, especially Sam Rockwell.

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Fresh from the Friday night premiere of “Laggies,” the latest from Sundance-favorite Lynn Shelton, stars Keira Knightley, Chloe Grace Moretz, Sam Rockwell and Mark Webber hit the DirectTV-sponsored after-party at the Grey Goose Blue Door on Main Street in Park City, Utah. Knightley, who plays a young woman suffering a quarter-life crisis, lavished praise on her co-stars, especially Rockwell, who plays Moretz’ father.

“He’s one of my favorite actors of all time, so the opportunity to work with him was definitely one I couldn’t miss,” she said.

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Knightley’s year has gotten off to an auspicious start — she earned positive notices for her supporting part in “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit,” which also opened Friday, though on about 3,000 more screens than her indie project. She also has two other films, “Can A Song Save Your Life?” and “The Imitation Game” already in the can.

There was more good news on Sunday: “Laggies” was picked up by A24 in one of the festival’s first distribution deals for a reported $2 million.

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For his part, Rockwell said he was drawn to his role because it offered him a chance to play something different from his usual bad boys.

“I get to play the Tom Hanks-Paul Rudd part. You know, the Jimmy Stewart-Gary Cooper part. It’s cool,” he said.

Moretz, who is only 16, also has a full plate, including roles in high-profile films with big movie stars twice her age, like “The Equalizer” with Denzel Washington,” Dark Places” with Charlize Theron, as well as a Steven Soderbergh play in New York starting in March. “My personal life couldn’t be better right now and my business life is at a 10 so I’m on an even keel, very happy,” she said. Though Sundance is the one place where awards season campaigning takes a backseat to new indie projects, the young actress had on her mind the recent Golden Globes and Critics’ Choice Awards wins by her girl crush Amy Adams.

“Does she have a Twitter? I want to follow her,” Moretz said.

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