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?
Five years ago, a virtually unknown stage and TV actress from California auditioned for a play that Al Pacino was directing and starring in. The play was Salome, written by Oscar Wilde, and the actress was Jessica Chastain. A film was made of the stage production, and within three years Chastain had been nominated for two Oscars.
Now Pacino has made a documentary about the making of Salome – called Wilde Salome – and they are both available for the first time to British audiences.
“This is really special to me,” says Chastain. “This is my first film role, and this is the first time anyone ever really believed in me. Before I got this role I could rarely even get film auditions.
“I got cast in the play first, and we did that, and then Al wanted to make the play into a movie in Los Angeles – because when Al Pacino does a play, everyone wants to see him – and then that was an incredible showcase for me. The audience would be scratching their heads and saying, ‘Who’s that red-headed girl with Al playing Salome?'”
Wilde’s play, originally written in French in 1891, is a tragedy based upon the Biblical account of the Tetrarch Herod (played by Pacino), who gave his stepdaughter Salome the head of John the Baptist in return for her dancing for him.
Our video archive was updated with some interviews Jessica did this month, including red carpet ones from yesterday’s Salome premiere. Click on the images below to see the latest updates.
Jessica is currently in Spain, attending the San Sebastian Film Festival. Later today, there will be a screening of The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby. Check the first pictures added in our gallery.