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Kristen Stewart to take on the role of Coco Chanel

The actress will play the label legend in a Karl Lagerfeld-directed short

Already a staple of the label's front row and a star of its campaigns, Kristen Stewart is set to step in front of Chanel's cameras once again for a new short.

The Karl Lagerfeld-directed film, which will be shown at the Chanel Métiers d'Arts show on December 1, will see the actress take on the role of the fashion house's founder, Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel – sort of. In a confusingly meta twist, Stewart will actually be playing an actress getting ready to play the French fashion icon, in a mock-teaser of a fictional biopic. 

“She played it really, really mean,” Lagerfeld told wwd.com. “You only see her in tests and she’s complaining about everything. She’s mean with the director; mean with the producer.”

The film was conceived entirely by the Chanel creative director, and shot at Luc Besson's studio in Paris last month. Stewart will star alongside actress Geraldine Chaplin, who has already played the French icon in one of Lagerfeld's earlier films. 

“They make so many movies about Chanel, why can’t I make one?” he added.