The July issue of Empire magazine has the first look of Matt Damon on The Martian, plus an on-set exclusive for Crimson Peak (with a very brand new photo of Jessica) and also a two pages special with her C.V.
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 Chastain is Lucille Sharpe
Lucille is Thomas’ older sister. “I see her as someone who actually has suffered a lot.” Chastain noted the scars on her face and back and further explained, “She had a very difficult life that she’s come from and so all she’s trying to do is preserve her happiness, because she’s a woman who’s had little happiness in her life.”
del Toro gave his cast extremely thorough character biographies and Chastain opted to share a few details from hers. She read, “‘Positives: Loyal, determined, intelligent, meticulous, decisive, observant, eloquent, artistic, passionate, sensitive, delicate, protective, unwavering. Negatives: Insular, narcissistic, violent, domineering, possessive, agoraphobic, germaphobe, vengeful, jealous, manipulative, depressive, demanding, suffocating. Secret Dreams: To never leave Allerdale Hall.’ He goes even into descriptions like, ‘Likes: The smell of good tobacco, the taste of very bitter chocolate.’”
In addition to all the character details that del Toro gave her, Chastain also did a good deal of research on her own. She recalled watching Whatever Happened to Baby Jane and Misery. “I love the idea of someone being helpless and also Kathy Bates in Misery, I actually feel for that woman when I watch the movie because you think like, ‘God, she’s so pathetic.’ And there’s something about her, she actually just wants love, so I tried to surround myself with films like that.”
Even though Lucille certainly isn’t a hero in the movie, Chastain still needed to empathize with the character and believe in what she was doing. “If someone is your everything in life and the only reason for happiness, you’re gonna be possessive of it, because to lose that is to die. I don’t see that as a negative thing in her because any negative quality that she has, everything comes from love.” She laughed and added, “Everything she does is to give love and to receive love. She might be going about it the wrong way.”
At one point in the film, Lucille plays a lullaby on the piano and Chastain was kind enough to play it for us on a keyboard she had in her trailer. And, for what it’s worth, Chastain also cryptically teased, “[Lucille] doesn’t believe in ghosts.”
Read the full report at Shock Till You Drop website.
Collider has published this great on-set interview with Jessica on the set of Crimson Peak. Check some excerpts below, also a new production stills and a behind-the-scenes picture in our gallery:
While I’ve done a lot of on-set interviews over the past decade, the group interview with Jessica Chastain on the set of Guillermo del Toro’s Crimson Peak was extremely unique. Not only did we speak with her in her trailer, we got to watch her play her character’s lullaby on a small piano and met her extremely cute dog. Let’s just say, this is not the norm for on-set interviews.
During the interview Chastain talked about being able to pick her role, why her trailer was covered with disturbing images, her character’s backstory, her character’s hair and the wigs she had to wear, collaborating with del Toro, and so much more. Crimson Peak opens October 16th.
Question: So we heard that Guillermo approached you and said, ‘Here’s the script, take a look, whatever you want’ and then you decided that you wanted to be the antagonist.
JESSICA CHASTAIN: Yeah.
His quote was that you’re a smart girl.
What was it about the role that got you?
CHASTAIN: Well, first of all, I just wanted to do anything with Guillermo [Del Toro]. He was the first person I met with on Mama, that was the first meeting I had on the movie, and I remember I’d just got into a motocross accident, it was right when Tree of Life and everything had just come out; I was in crutches going into this breakfast meeting with Guillermo and he’s like, ‘I want you to do this movie’ and it just made me laugh so much that I was getting all these offers for these really sweet wives and he wanted me to play this punk rock girl wannabe in a horror film and I thought, ‘Well that’s a guy who thinks outside the box’ so I really liked that. I loved collaborating with him on Mama, he was the producer, and just wanted to do anything with him so when he sent me the script it was kind of just like, ‘Ok, what’s your next project?’ and then when he sent me this I think I gravitated towards Lucille [Sharpe] because as an actress I always want to play the roles that I haven’t played before and I always try to go for as different from me as possible, and Lucille is out of anything I’ve ever played the most different. It’s really far out there and it took a lot, the first three weeks were really difficult for me because I was shooting this and A Most Violent Year –J.C. Chandor’s film– at the same time flying back and forth, and I was very afraid. We’ll see, who knows, when you guys see the movie you can decide. I was very afraid that I wasn’t gonna quite get there on this.
A new trailer for the most anticipated horror film of the year, Crimson Peak, was released today. The haunted house pic stars Wasikowska as an aspiring author torn between the love for her childhood friend and the temptation for a mysterious outsider. Trying to escape the ghosts of her tragic past, she gets swept away to a house where things aren’t exactly as they seem.
The Huntsman, which is already being filmed in Surrey (England), is getting new additions to its already great cast. Sam Claflin was just reported to be reprising his role as William on this ‘Snow White and The Huntsman’ prequel, TheWrap is reporting. He’s joining Jessica, Chris Hemsworth, Emily Blunt and Charlize Theron.
The sequel expands the universe established in the first film to reveal how the fates of Eric the Huntsman (Hemsworth) and Ravenna (Theron) intersected before they met Snow White (Stewart).
Cedric Nicolas-Troyan will direct from a script by Frank Darabont, who strengthened earlier drafts by Craig Mazin and Evan Spiliotopoulos. Joe Roth returns to produce, while Palak Patel will executive produce.
The Huntsman is scheduled for a release on April 22, 2016.
Back in March, Jessica attended the Jameson Empire Award 2015 and the magazine has on its June issue a highlight of the event, with a small interview of Jessica, Henry Cavill and Christopher Nolan. Check scans added in our gallery.