Category Archives: Rumoured Projects

Jessica Set For Comedy “Plus One”?

Tracking Board is reporting Jessica is set for Weinstein’s upcoming comedy “Plus One”.

Jessica Chastain has signed on to star in the two-hander comedy PLUS ONE from The Weinstein Company and Gloria Sanchez Productions. The studio is interested in Amy Schumer to play her co-star. Written by April Prosser, the story follows a woman named Rachel that finds herself lost after coming out of a long term relationship. With all of her closest friends married, she has no choice but to turn to her wild and crude acquaintance Summer to be her wing-woman and get her back into the dating scene.

Jessica Elbaum, Will Ferrell and Adam McKay are set to produce the comedy, along with Harvey Weinstein. Sources confirm that the Weinstein Co. is waiting to land a director until after Chastain’s co-star is officially cast.

The film marks a genre departure for Chastain, who has become known for her dramatic roles in The Help and Zero Dark Thirty, both of which earned her Oscar nominations. She broke into the public eye with her praised performance in the 2011 Terrence Malick drama The Tree Of Life, and has continued to solidify her A-list status with several Oscar nods and high-profile roles in the films Interstellar and A Most Violent Year. Chastain is next starring in the upcoming gothic horror Crimson Peak for director Guillermo del Toro, who served as a producer on her previous horror outing, Mama.

Jessica Will Get Offered “Ms. Sloane” Lead?

Deadline is reporting that director John Madden is in talks to direct “Ms. Sloane” and they are also reporting that Jessica is being eyed for the lead.

Director John Madden, coming off the success of helming his sequel The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, is in negotiations to direct Ms. Sloane, an original script from first-time screenwriter Jonathan Perera that centers on a lobbyist who takes on the powerful gun lobby to push through federal gun control legislation.

This is early days on this project, which would be produced and financed by FilmNation Entertainment. I’m hearing, though, that if the deal is made, the first call will be to Jessica Chastain, who co-starred with Madden on his 2010 drama The Debt. She would play the lead, the seasoned lobbyist who, with her small team of politicos, attempts to pass the hot-button legislation into federal law while going up against well-financed and unscrupulous members of the gun lobby.

Jessica Joins ‘Huntsman’ Spinoff

Various media outlets, including Variety, are reporting that Jessica has closed a deal to join “The Huntsman” spinoff:

Jessica Chastain has closed a deal to join Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron in Universal’s “The Huntsman.”

Emily Blunt is also set to join the cast. Cedric Nicolas-Troyan is directing the pic, with Joe Roth producing and Palak Patel exec producing.

Plot details are vague beyond that the film reveals how the fates of two characters, the Huntsman Eric (Hemsworth) and Ravenna, intersected before they met Snow White. Details on Chastain’s character are also vague.

Frank Darabont, who was previously attached to direct before falling off, wrote the current draft of the screenplay, with earlier drafts by Craig Mazin and Evan Spiliotopoulos.

The pic is set to bow on April 22, 2016. Universal’s vice president of production Maradith Frenkel and creative executive Chloe Yellin will oversee the project for the studio.

Jessica circling Steve Jobs biopic

The Wrap reported today that Jessica is in talks – but not confirmed for a role yet – for the Steve Jobs biopic.

Christian Bale signed to play the late Steve Jobs and Seth Rogen will play Steve Wozniak. The Film Stage believes Jessica could play Jobs’ wife Laurene Powell Jobs or mother of his first child, Chrisann Brennan.

The film is being directed by Danny Boyle, and scripted by Aaron Sorkin and is expected to follow Jobs during three stressful, high-profile product launches including the first Macintosh in 1984 and Apple’s 2001 debut of the iPod.

Jessica in talks to join Ridley Scott’s “The Martian:

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?

Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig in Early Talks for Ridley Scott’s ‘Martian’

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.

Jessica declines ‘Mission Impossible’ role

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.

Rumor: Jessica, the new True Detective?

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.

Jessica Chastain Eyes ‘A Most Violent Year’

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.”

Jessica denies playing Hillary Clinton in new biopic

‘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.