This is our last update of 2016, and first I want to wish all our visitors a very happy New Year! Thanks for another year, for your visit, your comments, your friendship.
So to close another chapter, we’ll give you a summary on Jessica’s career on this year of 2016.
The year started with Jessica still doing promotional appearances for The Martian. The last official promotional appearance was a New York screening alongside Matt Damon and Ridley Scott. The film was a huge success of critics and public. It grossed up $630 million wordlwide, scoring 92% of positive reviews on Rotten Tomatoes, 80% on Metacritic and 8/10 on IMDB. Right on the first week of January, Jessica attended the National Board of Review Awards, in which The Martian was named one of the Top 10 Films of the Year. The film also received an Academy Award nomination, and won a Golden Globes – in which Jessica didn’t attend the ceremony but was in the clip released by Fox to celebrate the award. The Martian received over 180 nominations in several awards, and won over 30.
Some new projects was announced for Jessica this year. In February, The Hollywood Reporter announced that Jessica would star in Woman Walks Ahead, that was wrapped recently and a first look was released later in November. In November, also, she was announced for the graphic novel adaptation “Painkiller Jane”. She also launched her production company, Frackle Films, and as reported by Variety, alongside Queen Latifah, Juliette Binoche and Catherine Hardwicke, have joined the production company We Do It Together. She was also offered the lead in Molly’s Game, directed by Aaron Sorkin and currently being filmed in Toronto.
In November, as well, we had the first look on two upcoming films to be released next year. Some promotional images, followed by the first trailer for ‘The Zookeeper’s Wife’ – based on Diane Ackerman’s 2007 book chronicling Anonina and Jan Zabinski’s real-life efforts to save Jews in Poland during World War II. Also some Montreal based media started to show some behind-the-scenes interviews of The Death and Life of John F. Donovan, directed by Xavier Dolan.
Jessica spent February, March and April promoting The Huntsman: Winter’s War. alongside Chris Hemsworth, Emily Blunt and Charlize Theron. Earlier in February a new trailer was released, followed by features on Total Film and Empire magazine. Then, Today Show aired an on-set interview with the cast.
April was only dedicated to The Huntsman: Winter’s War promotion. The film was first released in Europe around April 3, following releases worldwide. It received really poor reviews (with 17% only on Rotten Tomatoes), and grossed around $164 million worldwide. Not for lack of promotion, tho. Jessica attended premieres in Singapore, Beijing, a joint appearance with the cast at the MTV Movie Awards, interviews on talk shows like Jimmy Kimmel, James Corden and Today Show, and also the premiere in Los Angeles.
The promotion tour for Miss Sloane, the other film released this year, started in November, after the first trailer being released in September. Jessica attended several talk shows, and was invited by the Chinese Theater for a hand/footprint ceremony. She attended several screenings, lots of it not being properly covered by the media – which we assumed it was due the film subject being pro-gun control. The film was released in November 25, and Jessica is receiving positive reviews for her performance. The film currently has a 69% positive reviews in Rotten Tomatoes, but isn’t doing good on theaters. By this time, it grossed around $3 million domestic. It didn’t stop Jessica to receive a Golden Globes nomination for her performance.
Jessica had, as usual, a busy year. Alongside the promotional tour for The Huntsman, Miss Sloane and The Martian, she presented at the Independent Spirit Awards in February. She also attended the Met Gala in May, wearing a gorgeous Prada gown. In Cannes, she attended the opening gala, and the Money Monster premiere. In June, she attended the CFDA award and on her Instagram she told a nice story about Sebastian Stan, her The Martian co-star, saving the night after she needing an Uber. In Paris, for the Fashion Week, she attended events for Chanel, Prada, Michael Kors and Piaget. Her last event of the year was a participation on Inside the Actor’s Studio.
Jessica also graced several magazines this year. She was cover of Flaunt, Porter, Angeleno, Modern Weekly, Elle France, L’Officiel, C Magazine, The Edit and Vogue Ukraine, also featured on several movie related magazines.
In November, was released the first feature for 2017, the iconic Pirelli calendar which Jessica is part of. Shot by Peter Lindberg and titled Emotional, features Jessica Chastain, Penélope Cruz, Nicole Kidman, Rooney Mara, Helen Mirren, Julianne Moore, Lupita Nyong’o, Charlotte Rampling, Léa Seydoux, Uma Thurman, Alicia Vikander, Kate Winslet, Robin Wright, Zhang Ziyi, and Moscow State University professor Anastacia Ignatova.
In October also was revealed that Jessica was the face of the new Prada Resort 2017 Campaign.
Favourites of 2016
Here is our favourites of this year. Let us know if you agree with it or not.
Jessica had – as usual – a great year on red carpet. She’s styled by Elizabeth Stewart, and her beauty team is also completed by Hairstylist Renato Campora and make-up artists Robin Fredriksz and Jeanine Lobell.
Since a redhead in yellow is a hard to beat, my favourite red carpet look was the Cannes Opening Gala, in which Jessica wore a sunny yellow Armani Prive number.
We had a year of great photoshoots, due all the magazines Jessica was featured on, also the portraits done for interviews. But it was one of the last ones that was chosen as my favourite, The Edit, photographed by Chris Colls.
For me, it was the Painkiller Jane casting news. After months of fan casting Jessica as Captain Marvel and other bad-ass characters, it was amazing to see her being cast as a comic-book heroine, a badass soldier to kick asses and calling names.
We had plenty of interviews this year, one way better than other. You can find some in our video archive, under the tags of The Huntsman and Miss Sloane.
I’ll highlight the interview she did to Ellen, which is always a delight to watch.
Jessica is a fierce feminist advocate, and every opportunity she has to talk about it, she gladly take it. Back in April she did an interview to The Guardian and started talking about the lawsuit filled by Kesha and the myth that women can’t support each other.
“Now, it’s like…we are so tired of this. Because that was how they did it back then. So you think now, it’s a really brave thing to come forward and say something is not OK. And to see the support of other famous women coming out. How great is it, when there’s no fear? This myth that women don’t get along well – who does that serve? It doesn’t serve women. (…) Why would it benefit anyone to deny accolades for others? It’s this long fairytale that women don’t get along. But we’re changing that.”
– Jessica Chastain – The Guardian
That’s it! We’ll try to make this an annual series, and I want to give a thanks/shout-out to my friends Frederik from Simply Streep, Lindsey from Rachel McAdams Online and Jess from Glamour Reese for the inspiration on the ‘Year in Review’ special.
To finish, I wish Jessica the best in this coming year. This is extended to our visitors. Thanks for supporting our website!