The Wrap published today an interview they did with Jessica, in which she called out Hollywood for the lack of great roles for women.
“Where is the Scarlett Johansson superhero movie? I don’t understand it, why is it taking so long for this?” Chastain asked TheWrap, rhetorically and with no small degree of animation. “This woman clearly shows that people want to go see her in the movies. ‘Lucy,’ didn’t it beat ‘Hercules’ by a lot opening weekend, when it was made for a lot less? She shows that she kicks ass, she’s a great actress. ‘Under the Skin’ is an incredible film, and why are we still waiting for a go-ahead on a superhero movie starring Scarlett Johansson?
“To me, it’s a no-brainer,” she added. “You want to make money, put Scarlett Johansson in a superhero movie!”
She also talked about The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby and why it has two versions of it.
“It’s a fact, the majority of films in Hollywood are from the male perspective,” she said. “And the female characters, very rarely do they get to speak to another female character in a movie, and when they do it’s usually about a guy, not anything else. So they’re very male-centric, Hollywood films, in general. So I think it’s incredible that Ned Benson, when I said I’d love to know where she goes, says okay I’m going to write another film from the female perspective.”
Two new The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby clips was released today. There’s no new scenes on it – we already saw it on previous released trailers – but you can find them in our video archive.
Also today will be a New York screening of The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them with a Q&A with the film’s director Ned Benson and stars Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy. Check back later for more about it!
A couple of days ago a new international trailer was released for “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him/Her”, with several new scenes for the upcoming film. One nice thing to notice is the dual colors in which the films are presented. You can see the ‘Her’ parts are a little brighter, while the ‘Him’ parts are kind of blueish. This reminds some production stills that was leaked (and sadly removed) a few months ago, which pointed exactly the differences between the two films.
The full version of this film is scheduled for October release (originally titled as “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them” but now looks to be “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him/Her”), as announced by The Playlist.
To clarify, ‘Them’ is the condensed version that opens on September 12th, and today, The Weinstein Company announced that “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him/Her” (yes, a slight title retweak) will be screened in its entirety (which is a little over three hours) and released in select theaters on October 10th. The film co-stars James McAvoy and has largely received rave reviews.
Karlovy Vary International Film Festival will screen ‘The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby’, Screendaily is reporting.
Also, instead of The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them, KVIFF will present both original parts of the story directed by Ned Benson – The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him and The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Her. The previously scheduled screening on July 4 is cancelled.
The trailer for The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them has arrived and finally we have a proper look at it, after months of waiting!
Once happily married, Conor (McAvoy) and Eleanor (Chastain) suddenly find themselves as strangers longing to understand each other in the wake of tragedy. The film explores the couple’s story as they try to reclaim the life and love they once knew and pick up the pieces of a past that may be too far gone.
The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby will be in theaters on September 26th.
Vulture did a great interview with Jessica Chastain while in Cannes, as you can read below:
What’s it been like for you to have Him and Her cut into one movie?
It’s tough because, to be honest, they were envisioned as Him and Her — the idea of the male perspective and the female perspective. But, you know, in thinking about it, it’s like, okay, Olivier Assayas made a great film called Carlos that’s five hours long, and that’s the one I saw. There’s also a two-hour version of it that’s also really good, and most Americans saw the two-hour version. [Laughs] So it’s a situation like that. We saw the choices. The audience will be given the opportunity. They can see Him and Her, or they can see Them.
What’s your recommendation?
Well, for the cinephiles and the people who really want to commit, I would definitely say, “See Him and Her.” It’s the full experience.
Deadline.com – After a 10-minute standing ovation at its Cannes premiere this week,elean Harvey Weinstein is going to make a big awards-season push on The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby, and in particular the performances of Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy. Following that thunderous ovation and glowing reviews, Weinstein told his marketing team it has been a long time since he’d seen performances like these, and that they were to start working on the Oscar campaign strategy and go for it.
The new strategy will be to release the Ned Benson-directed film on September 26 at the start of awards-season films. I mean Them, the version that played Cannes, the one that Benson cut to tell a straight narrative story. Some six weeks later into Oscar season, TWC will release Him and Her, the two versions of the love story that played to acclaim at Toronto last fall.