Archive for the ‘Rumoured Projects’ Category
Variety is reporting that Jessica is in negotiations to co-star with Javier Bardem in “A Most Violent Year.”
J.C. Chandor is directing the pic, with Neal Dodson and Anna Gerb producing.
Plot details are being kept under wraps. Chandor also penned the script.
FilmNation is handling global sales.
Chastain, who is repped by CAA and Mosaic, is currently filming Christopher Nolan’s “Interstellar.”
‘Zero Dark Thirty’ star, Jessica Chastain has denied reports that she is in the running to play Hillary Clinton in the planned biopic, ‘Rodham’, which documents the politician’s time as a lawyer in the 1970s. Speaking to ‘Digital Spy‘, Chastain claimed that she only heard about being linked to Rodham online.
“No, that’s actually not true. I found out about the project online, but, yeah, there’s a lot of stuff out there.”
She also talked about her Tree of Life co-star Brad Pitt:
The great thing about Brad is he’s nice to everyone. He’s a gentleman.
I don’t believe in terms like ‘top of the bill’, and maybe Brad doesn’t [either]. He just sees everyone as equals, and that’s why we’re here tonight.
The Film Stage is reporting that Jessica and Ralph Fiennes are in talks to star “Our Kind of Traitor”, a the film adaptation of the John le Carre spy novel.
“Our Kind of Traitor, is being put together by a consortium of British producers, including Film4, Potboiler Productions and The Ink Factory.
It will be directed by Justin Kurzel from a screenplay by Hossein Amini. It tells the story of a young English couple who bond with a millionaire Russian businessman after a chance encounter on vacation.
Jess rep tells she has yet to receive an offer, but The Wrap still has reported it, so let keep our eyes on it.
“Bridesmaids” director Paul Feig is moving into dramatic territory with an American remake of the French smash “The Intouchables,” and buzz is building over who will take on the role that won Omar Sy the French equivalent of a Best Actor Oscar. We hear stars circling the role in the Weinstein Co. film include Chris Rock, Jamie Foxx and Idris Elba from “The Wire.” The story follows a wealthy, disabled man who hires a commoner caretaker. Sources say “Lawless” star Jessica Chastain and Michelle Williams of “My Week With Marilyn” are in the mix for the female lead. The movie’s original French version, which is now playing in the States, hauled in $349 million internationally.
Sad news for us geeks. Jessica announced that she won’t be able to be at Iron Man 3.
Sorry to say that Iron Man 3 isn’t going to work out. My schedule is jammed packed and I can’t fit anything else in. The press announced my possible attachment far too soon. I know many of you wanted me to be involved, and I’m so sorry to disappoint you. Hopefully there’ll be another Marvel film in my future. Shane Black and everyone on the IM3 team are really wonderful. I’m very excited to see the film when it comes out. xx
With only about four weeks left before Iron Man 3 begins shooting, some casting additions are still being made. Not only has the great Sir Ben Kingsley come on board in a villainous capacity, but the charismatic Guy Pearce is reportedly adding his talent to the Marvel movie. Now, the latest reports have Jessica Chastain back on track to join the threequel. Her role is purportedly that of a sexy scientist who rivals Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) in intelligence. Chastain was previously thought to be in the mix for the role before scheduling issues complicated matters. With her film The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Hers pushed back, it looks like Chastain will be joining Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle and possibly Scarlett Johansson for Iron Man 3.
Deadline is reporting that Chastain is once again the frontrunner for the “sexy scientist” role in Iron Man 3. The studio had previously entered into meetings with Diane Kruger, Isla Fisher and Gemma Arterton for the role, but apparently wants to advance Chastain to the top of the list.
Now all “Iron Man” fans like me can start screaming…
The Princess Diana film Caught in Flight, which will be directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel (The Invasion, Downfall) has found a new Princess. Last year Jessica Chastain was in talks for the role — there was a moment where she was in talks for every big female role, it seems — but now Diana will be played by Naomi Watts.
Jessica has confirmed that some schedule conflicts has made her decision:
Hi guys. So yep, it’s true. I’m no longer attached to this project. I did the Vanity Fair interview back in November when I thought I could work it out in my schedule. But soon after, I realized that it didn’t make sense for me. I didn’t want to announce that I was no longer attached until they found someone else. And boy, did they! I think Naomi Watts is so perfect to play Diana! I’ve been such a fan of hers for the longest time. Her performance in Mulholland Drive is utter perfection. I’m very excited to see this film and what I expect will be a magnificent performance. xxx
Jessica Chastain getting set to join Kathryn Bigelow’s Bin Laden film:
“I’m told that Jessica Chastain, Mark Strong and Edgar Ramirez are circling to join the previously discussed ensemble cast of Jason Clarke, Joel Edgerton and Chris Pratt. The drama portrays Navy SEAL Team 6?s long hunt for the mastermind of the 9/11 attacks. Osama Bin Laden was finally killed in a covert mission last year. Reports today assert that the Pentagon will investigate charges made by Rep Peter King that Oscar-winning ‘The Hurt Locker’ tandem Bigelow and [screenwriter Mark] Boal somehow got inside information about the mission from the Obama Administration in preparing the script.”
Chastain can now add another promising potential project to her slate as she’s reportedly set to join “Incendies” director Denis Villeneuve’s adaptation of the Russell Banks novel “The Darling.” Back in October, Banks spoke to Canadian news rag The Calgary Herald, and confirmed to them that Chastain would be working with Quebec filmmaker Villeneuve in the lead role of Hannah Musgrave. In Banks’ book, which is set in Liberia and the United States over a period of 16 years from 1975 to 1991, Musgrave is a political extremist who operates as a member of the Weather Underground. She’s forced to flee America for West Africa, where along with her Liberian husband she befriends a warlord who eventually pts her family and life in peril.
Apparently the project was set to be a Martin Scorsese film with Cate Blanchett following their work on “The Aviator” in 2004, but obviously that didn’t work out, even though this certainly sounds like something potentially within Scorsese’s wheelhouse. But 2010’s “Incendies,” which was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2011 Oscars, showcased a director who has a penchant for familial drama amidst the tension of the time period, so perhaps it isn’t a long shot for Villeneuve either. As for Chastain, at this point in time she can do no wrong in this writer’s mind, and it’s yet another intriguing part for the actress.
Quite a few big possible projects have already come out of the American Film Market (AFM) over the past week, and here’s one more: Jessica Chastain, who has made quite a mark in 2011 thanks to The Tree of Life, Take Shelter, The Help and The Debt, is set to play the late Princess Diana in Caught in Flight. The film would be directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel (Downfall, The Invasion) if it goes forward based on the script by Steven Jeffreys (The Libertine).
But this is not to be a run of the mill portrait of the Princess, but a story of a secret affair she had with a surgeon. Caught in Flight isn’t going to be the most flattering Diana tribute.
Thompson on Hollywood says the film is about Diana’s post-divorce affair with Dr. Hasnat Khan, a respected Pakistani surgeon who was called the “love of her life” by Diana’s friends.
Diana met the doctor in 1995 and their relationship lasted for two years; he broke it off. The secrecy of their affair was based more in his own personal life than her public one: he is a private man who reportedly did not want to suffer the media exposure that would be the result of a public relationship with Diana, and was pressured by his family to marry a Muslim woman.
The TOH piece says that those who have read the script “say that the late Princess is not cast in a particularly favorable light; she is shown as a damaged person who stalks the doctor after he ends the affair.”
As Anne Thompson mentions in her report on the film, a lot of the stuff announced at AFM doesn’t get made; announcements like this are essentially a statement of intent, but financing still has to come together. If things do work out, Caught in Flight would shoot in March 2012 in Pakistan, Angola, the South of France and Paris.