Jessica Chastain as: Annabel
Directed by: Andrés Muschietti
Screenplay by: Andrés Muschietti
Selected Cast: Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Megan Charpentier, Isabelle Nélisse
Running Time: 100min
Release Date: January, 18 2013
Genre: Horror, Fantasy
A young couple take in their two nieces only to suspect that a foreboding evil has latched itself to their family.
The film began production in Pinewood Toronto Studios on 3 October 2011. Production ended on 18 December 2011. Parts of the film were also shot in Quebec City, Quebec. Although the film was produced in Canada, it is based in Clifton Forge, Virginia. The film was initially scheduled for release in October 2012, but was later rescheduled for January to avoid competing with Paranormal Activity 4. Its success at that later date has, among with other dump months horror films, convinced studios to start opening horror movies year-round.
Jessica was the first and only choice to play Annabel. She said that Annabel’s octopus tattoo describes her character. “When Annabel found herself caught in a situation she did not like, such as the octopus, she would take off her tentacles and grow new tentacles to escape“. She also had to take guitar lessons to play the character, that was a bassist player.
The film earned $28,402,310 on its opening weekend, debuting at #1 and playing at 2,647 theaters. As of 4 April 2013, it grossed $146,428,180 worldwide and is a commercial success. Additionally, Jessica Chastain, for the second time in her career, claimed the top two spots of the box-office with her starring roles in Mama and Zero Dark Thirty.
The film will receive a sequel, announced in January 2016, but Chastain would not return for it.