If meteoric rises in the movie industry were measured by proximity to Brad Pitt, then Jessica Chastain may have the most impressive breaking-into-Hollywood story of them all. While speaking to V.F. Senior West Coast Editor Krista Smith at the Toronto Film Festival on Friday, the actress recalled how four months before being cast as Pitt’s wife in Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life, in her breakout role, she couldn’t even get an audition for a film featuring the movie star.
Four years and two Oscar nominations later, the actress holds her own opposite another Hollywood heavyweight, Matt Damon, in Ridley Scott’s “sublime” sci-fi adventure The Martian, which debuted in Toronto. During her conversation with Smith, Chastain also talked about how the iconic filmmaker redefined gender roles on-screen, the importance of believing in yourself as a young actor, and the verb she inspired by her swift and furious ascent in Hollywood.
New projects for Jessica are just kicking in on Toronto. The Wrap just reported that Jessica will star in Miss Sloane, a new political thriller directed by John Madden.
Chastain will play a lobbyist who gives up everything to pass an amendment enforcing stricter gun control laws. The film was sold to EuropaCorp and FilmNation Entertainment and production begin in March 2016.
Matt Damon and Jessica Chastain have starred in two of the biggest science-fiction films of the last year, Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar and Ridley Scott’s forthcoming The Martian. “Each time I get to do a few more scenes with Jessica. We got 10 minutes in this one,” Damon told JD Heyman when asked about The Martian at the PEOPLE, InStyle and Entertainment Weekly’s photo studio on Friday. “Then hopefully a full film next time.”
Based on the book by Andy Weir, The Martian stars Damon as Mark Whatney, a botanist who gets stranded on Mars after his crew, led by Chastain, leaves him for dead following an accident. As Whatney uses his smarts to survive, his crew and the earthbound NASA scientists devise ways to bring him home.
“When I met the screenwriter, Drew Goddard, he said he wanted the movie to be a love-letter to science,” Damon said. “I think that it is. But I think something both Drew and Andy in the book do really a really good job of is making the science understandable.”
The Martian is out on Oct. 2.
And last night TIFF also received the gala premiere for The Martian. Wearing a blue laced Gyvenchy SS16 collection, she was stunning as usual. Matt Damon, Sebastian Stan, Michael Pena, Kate Mara, Donald Glover, Jeff Daniels, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Mackenzie Davis and Sean Bean joined her on red carpet, as also director Ridley Scott.
I have collected over 200 HQ pictures, with a huge help of my friend Annie, so enjoy it!
More pics are coming, so keep checking!
Jessica attended today during the Toronto Film Festival a press conference for The Martian, joined by co-stars Matt Damon, Sebastian Stan, Michael Pena, Kate Mara, Donald Glover, Jeff Daniels, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Mackenzie Davis, Sean Bean, writer Andy Weir, screenwriter Drew Goddard and director Ridley Scott. You can watch the press conference on the player above, and pictures has been added in our gallery.
Viewers reactions for the film has being positive so far, so we’re expecting a huge promotion for the film until its release on October 2nd, 2015.