This exclusive trailer for Miss Sloane (in theaters Dec. 9) begins exactly the same way as the film itself does, with a tight close-up of the indefatigable Jessica Chastain staring straight into the camera.
Making a ballistic analogy for the two-time Oscar-nominated actress’ eyes wouldn’t be entirely wrong in the case of this movie. Directed by John Madden, who worked with Chastain five years ago on The Debt, the political thriller engages with the national gun debate as a key part of its plot about the influence of lobbyists in Washington.
In the title role, Chastain stars as a lobbyist on the brink of personal and professional burnout. She appears in practically every scene of the film, as you can already tell from her presence in the trailer. For Madden, that was a big part of what drew him to the project. “The central character might be familiar to audiences had that person been a man,” the director says. “In this case, it’s a woman and the movie is totally framed around that character. She is the engine of the movie.”