The Hollywood Reporter – Jessica Chastain and Kristen Wiig are in very early talks for the female lead roles in Ridley Scott’s Martian, THR has confirmed.
If the deals stick, they’ll star opposite Matt Damon in the Fox film, which centers on an astronaut who is stranded on a Martian colony and struggles to survive. Back on Earth, NASA tries to mount a rescue mission.
Scott signed on to direct the project after Drew Goddard exited, due to his directing commitments for Sony’s Sinister Six, the planned Spider-Man spinoff. Scott is producing with Simon Kinberg and Aditya Sood, who originally found the book the movie will be adapted from.
Goddard wrote the script for Martian based on the book by Andy Weir, which was self-published by Amazon on Sept. 27, 2012.
To promote ‘The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby’ Jessica is featured on September 8, 2014 issue of TIME magazine, on its Fall Arts Preview. Check the behind the scenes video and photoshoot/screen captures below:
The Wrap published today an interview they did with Jessica, in which she called out Hollywood for the lack of great roles for women.
“Where is the Scarlett Johansson superhero movie? I don’t understand it, why is it taking so long for this?” Chastain asked TheWrap, rhetorically and with no small degree of animation. “This woman clearly shows that people want to go see her in the movies. ‘Lucy,’ didn’t it beat ‘Hercules’ by a lot opening weekend, when it was made for a lot less? She shows that she kicks ass, she’s a great actress. ‘Under the Skin’ is an incredible film, and why are we still waiting for a go-ahead on a superhero movie starring Scarlett Johansson?
“To me, it’s a no-brainer,” she added. “You want to make money, put Scarlett Johansson in a superhero movie!”
She also talked about The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby and why it has two versions of it.
“It’s a fact, the majority of films in Hollywood are from the male perspective,” she said. “And the female characters, very rarely do they get to speak to another female character in a movie, and when they do it’s usually about a guy, not anything else. So they’re very male-centric, Hollywood films, in general. So I think it’s incredible that Ned Benson, when I said I’d love to know where she goes, says okay I’m going to write another film from the female perspective.”
Two new The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby clips was released today. There’s no new scenes on it – we already saw it on previous released trailers – but you can find them in our video archive.
Also today will be a New York screening of The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them with a Q&A with the film’s director Ned Benson and stars Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy. Check back later for more about it!
The first TV spot for Interstellar was released:
Back in July/2013 Jessica was on cover of Chinese Modern Weekly magazine, and a short film of it was released recently. Thanks to the lovely Damaris we have the scans, the translated interview and the short video added.