January 31st, 2013
Variety is reporting that Jessica is confirmed for the Liv Ullmann direxted Stringberg adaptation with Colin Farrell co-starring.
Liv Ullmann is returning to the director’s chair with Jessica Chastain as her leading lady.
Ullmann will helm an adaptation of August Strindberg’s battle-of-the-sexes play “Miss Julie” that will star Chastain and Colin Farrell.
Samantha Morton is on board to co-star in the adaptation.
The original story, set in 1874 at a count’s estate in Sweden, follows a woman trying to escape an existence crampedby social mores who is suddenly drawn to a senior servant.
Oliver Dungey and Teun Hilte are producing.
The role would mark the first project for the CAA- and Mosaic repped-Chastain since her Oscar nom and Golden Globe for Sony’s “Zero Dark Thirty.”
Besides “Zero Dark Thirty,” Chastain can also be seen in Universal’s “Mama,” which has made $50 million at the domestic B.O. She is currently starring in Broadway play “The Heiress.”
The CAA-repped Farrell has a busy 2013 ahead of him with roles in FilmDistrict’s “Dead Man Down,” Warner Bros.’ “A Winter’s Tale” and Disney’s “Saving Mr. Banks.”
As for Ullmann, the last film the multihyphenate helmed was 2000’s Swedish pic “Faithless.” More recently, she directed Cate Blanchett and Joel Edgerton onstage in “A Streetcar Named Desire” in 2009. The Principato-Young repped Morton was last seen in David Cronenberg’s “Cosmopolis.”
January 28th, 2013
Jessica looks beautiful in a red Alexander McQueen dress. Check back later for more coverage.
January 24th, 2013
Jessica was on BBC Breakfast this morning and here’s the interview she did to Charlie Stayt:
January 24th, 2013
Zero Dark Thirty is opening tomorrow on UK theaters and here’s an interview Jessica did to Bazaar UK:
January 23rd, 2013
Alan Arkin, Jessica Chastain, Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, John Goodman, Damian Lewis and Julianne Moore will be presenters at the 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards®, Executive Producer Jeff Margolis announced today.
They join a growing roster of actors who will honor their colleagues at the SAG Awards that already includes Ben Affleck, Alec Baldwin, Bradley Cooper, Jeff Daniels, Viola Davis, Robert De Niro, Neil Patrick Harris, Anne Hathaway, SAG-AFTRA Co-President Ken Howard, Hugh Jackman, Nicole Kidman, Jennifer Lawrence, Julianna Margulies, Busy Philipps, SAG-AFTRA Co-President Roberta Reardon, Carl Reiner, Liev Schreiber, Taye Diggs, Justin Timberlake, Kerry Washington, Naomi Watts and Sigourney Weaver.
Golden Globe recipient and Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain earned a SAG Award in 2012 along with her fellow cast members in “The Help” and was nominated in the supporting actress category as well. This year, she is nominated for her lead performance in Kathryn Bigelow’s “Zero Dark Thirty.” She currently stars in the Guillermo Del Toro-produced “Mama” and will soon be seen in the double feature “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: His” and “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Hers.” [Source]
The Screen Actors Guild Awards airs live Sunday, January 27 at 8/7c on TNT and TBS.
January 22nd, 2013
The Playlist has a great interview with Jessica, to promote Mama which opened this weekend. Check it:
What drew you to this material?
I had just done “The Tree of Life.” That was coming out and “Take Shelter.” And so many people were talking to me about how they saw me as this “perfect mother” and I got this script and I thought, “This will really throw people for a loop.” Because it’s a woman who refuses to grow up, she plays bass guitar in a punk band, she’s not good enough to ever be famous, she’s got a sexy boyfriend who’s an illustrator, they live in a loft. She doesn’t want any responsibility. In the beginning, when she’s forced to deal with these children, she’s a little selfish and even unlikable. That was exciting for me to play! And I loved the arc throughout the film. For me it’s definitely a hero’s journey or someone becoming a hero and Guillermo del Toro. I love “Hellboy” and “Pan’s Labyrinth.” Also Andy, the short film is so scary. I thought, well, this is great. I’ll do this.
How did you come up with the look for this character? I imagine Guillermo gave you the tentacle tattoo.
No it was Andy! At first he said, “I want to put an octopus down your arm.” And I said, “Okay, I love the idea of the tattoos but why an octopus?” He said: “Because, when a tentacle gets stuck, it detaches. I think Annabelle must see herself like that.” I said: “That is genius, I love it, let’s do it!” And the haircut was Alice Glass inspired. [Alice Glass is the lead singer of the Canadian electro-punk band Crystal Castles.]
What is scarier – ghosts or the Oscar campaign?
The thing is, because I’m doing “The Heiress,” I’m on stage every day. So there isn’t much that I can do for an Oscar campaign. I can go to a lunch and do press but… I think a ghost is probably scarier.
What are your favorite horror movies? And you were in a TV remake of “Dark Shadows,” right?
I was Carolyn Stoddard in “Dark Shadows.” It’s never been seen before. Which I thought, when I was right out of school, “Oh this is my big moment!” And then the pilot was not picked up. [sighs] Sadly. I love “The Exorcist.” I love “Jaws.” And I saw those when I was far too young to see those films. It must have cemented something in me. There are a lot of great actresses in horror films – “Rosemary’s Baby,” “The Others.” You think about Nicole Kidman, Naomi Watts, Mia Farrow, Jamie Lee Curtis. So many women I really respect have done these great characters in horror films. And I’m excited. I hope to do even more! I love it so much.
Is there any genre you’re really looking to do?
A western. I want to hold a gun.
And you want to be a James Bond villain?
Yeah, it’s like… Enough of the graceful characters… I want to get my hands dirty.
January 22nd, 2013
So, this is a special update asked by a few loyal visitors, and after some consideration, I decided to do it. Let me explain: as you have noticed, we don’t post ‘stalkerazzi‘ pictures here. What does it mean? Well, pictures taken while Jessica isn’t working. I saw already some gorgeous pictures of her shopping, with friends, walking around with Chaplin, but decided do not post. They’re personal, simply like that.
This ones was a big interrogation for me, because she’s arriving/leaving the Walter Kerr theater, so technically she’s working, right? No? I’m not sure yet. But I post pictures of her arrivals at interviews, so basically it’s the same thing.
So, after some requests, here’s the pictures. Over 700 HQ pictures of her most recent arrivals has been added, and there’s more pictures to be sorted. Enjoy it.