Jessica Chastain as: Elizabeth Sloane
Directed by: John Madden
Screenplay by: Jonathan Perera
Selected Cast: Mark Strong, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Alison Pill
Running Time: 129min
Release Date: November 25, 2016
An ambitious lobbyist faces off against the powerful gun lobby in an attempt to pass gun control legislation.
Principal photography began on February 12, 2016, in Toronto, Canada. In March 2016, Jessica Chastain was spotted on set filming. Production wrapped in Toronto on March 30, 2016. In April 2016, additional shooting took place in Washington, DC. Principal photography concluded on April 6, 2016.
A promotional poster featuring Jessica on first plane leaked in June 2016, but the studio asked it to be taken down. In August 2016, two images of Chastain were released. The film had its world premiere on November 11, 2016 at the AFI Fest and was released in the United States on November 25, 2016 by EuropaCorp on a limited release before opening wide on December 9, 2016, and is scheduled to be released in France on March 8, 2017.
The film had its wide release alongside Office Christmas Party and The Bounce Back, as well as the wide expansion of Nocturnal Animals. The film was projected to gross $2–4 million in its opening weekend, but only ended up making $1.8 million, finishing 11th at the box office. Overall, the film generated only $3.6 million in revenues against a production cost of $13 million.
Miss Sloane received generally positive reviews from critics. On review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes the film has an approval rating of 69%, based on 113 reviews, with an average rating of 6.5/10. The site’s critical consensus reads, “Miss Sloane sits squarely on the shoulder’s of Jessica Chastain’s performance – and she responds with awards-worthy work that single-handedly elevates the film.” On Metacritic, the film has a score of 63 out of 100, based on 37 critics, indicating “generally favorable reviews”.
The major issue of the film, alongside a not popular promotional tour, was the thought the film was putting forth a gun-control agenda in front of a Hillary Clinton victory. The film has lost $10,000,000 dollars on it’s initial budget based on a faulty assumption that gun control would be a major issue.