Both Jessica Chastain and Michael Pena (End of Watch) are, according to Variety, in early talks to join Matt Damon in 20th Century Fox’s The Martian.
The Martian is based on Andy Weir’s 2012 e-book publication, which issued a print edition this past February. It is officially described as follows:
Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars.
Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first person to die there.
After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive.
Chances are, though, he won’t have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain-old “human error” are much more likely to kill him first.
But Mark isn’t ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?
The Hollywood Reporter – Jessica Chastain and Kristen Wiig are in very early talks for the female lead roles in Ridley Scott’s Martian, THR has confirmed.
If the deals stick, they’ll star opposite Matt Damon in the Fox film, which centers on an astronaut who is stranded on a Martian colony and struggles to survive. Back on Earth, NASA tries to mount a rescue mission.
Scott signed on to direct the project after Drew Goddard exited, due to his directing commitments for Sony’s Sinister Six, the planned Spider-Man spinoff. Scott is producing with Simon Kinberg and Aditya Sood, who originally found the book the movie will be adapted from.
Goddard wrote the script for Martian based on the book by Andy Weir, which was self-published by Amazon on Sept. 27, 2012.
Deadline is reporting that female lead role for Mission Impossible: 5 is going to Rebecca Ferguson, after months of speculation circling Jessica’s name to get the role. But, The Film Stage reported that Jessica herself declined to star it. No reason has been given, but probably she has her hands full now with all upcoming films.
Nerdist.com reports that Oscar-nominated “Zero Dark Thirty” and “The Help” actress Jessica Chastain has been offered a headlining role on the second season of “True Detective,” the HBO procedural anthology series that allured audiences and commanded think pieces for the first few months of 2014. As of the report, Chastain had not accepted the role, yet.
What do you think?
Edit: This rumors was already denied by Jessica’s reps AND HBO.
Two-time Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain is nearing a deal to play Marilyn Monroe in Andrew Dominik’s passion project “Blonde,” multiple individuals familiar with the project have told TheWrap.
Representatives for Chastain and Worldview Entertainment did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
First announced in 2010, “Blonde” is based on Joyce Carol Oates’ 700-page novel of the same name, which reimagines the inner, poetic and spiritual life of Norma Jeane Baker — the child, the woman and the fated-celebrity better known by her studio name of Marilyn Monroe.
Oates drew on biographical and historical sources to paint an intimate portrait of Marilyn that reveals a fragile, gifted young woman who repeatedly remade her identity to overcome the odds and define stardom in the 1950s.
Naomi Watts had previously been attached to star but she hasn’t been involved with “Blonde” for some time. Chastain’s involvement has been rumored for some time, as Dominik let it slip that she was his choice to star in “Blonde” back in February at a revival screening of “Jesse James.”
While scheduling is still being worked out with another Chastain movie, “The Zookeeper’s Wife,” Dominik also revealed that production is expected to start in August.
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.