Indiewire is reporting that Jessica Chastain has joined Xavier Dolan’s “The Death and Life of John F. Donovan,” the director’s first English language feature. Dolan describes the film as “the story of an American movie star with everything working out for him who has a secretive correspondence with an 11 year old in London.”
It was this friend of mine — a journalist — who had brought to my attention that Jessica Chastain had seen ‘Mommy’ in Cannes and had liked it and tweeted about it. I went back and scrolled down the tweets and there was this lovely tweet where Jessica was saying that she had liked ‘Mommy.’ It dawned on me that I should ask Jessica about playing the ‘villain’ role in ‘John F. Donovan,’. There is this character of the editor-in-chief of a gossip magazine. The movie really is a satire of the business — more dramatic than humorous. And there’s this antagonistic figure that wants to ruin the lives of ever star, especially that of the lead character in ‘John F. Donovan.’ And I reached out to Jessica and she read the script. She read the script and loved it, and we got along like hotcakes. That’s basically it. I can already foresee all the pleasure we’ll have working together.
“The Death and Life of John F. Donovan” will start shooting in 2015 in Montreal, New York, Miami, England and Eastern Europe.
Woody is what kind of dog?
Hardy: We don’t know. He’s some cattle dog, cross Labrador thing. I found him with Jessica Chastain. We were in Atlanta, Georgia, doing Lawless, and he was in the motorway. We almost ran him over with a Prius. Imagine running him over with a Prius, of all things. [Laughs.] What would be worse: to be run over, or to be run over by a Prius? You know what I mean? [Laughs.] And he ran off into the motorway, and Jess was like, “No, no, no! You’ve got to go after him!” He was only 11 weeks old, and so we got hold of him and he became the on-set dog, and Jessica’s mom looked after him for me for about six months while he cleared quarantine, and then we brought him back to London, so he’s my dog now. He goes on all my film sets now. He’s a great on-set dog.
Collider – Over the last few years Jessica Chastain has demonstrated again and again that she’s one of the best actors working in Hollywood. Whether it be hunting down Osama bin Laden in Zero Dark Thirty, playing the wife of a man plagued by apocalyptic visions in Take Shelter, or putting on fifteen pounds to play the outcast Celia Foote in The Help, Chastain is always fearless and believable on screen. In her latest movie, Miss Julie, a film adaptation of August Strindberg’s famous 19th Century play being directed by Liv Ullmann, Chastain plays an aristocratic woman who strikes up a relationship with her father’s valet (Colin Farrell). The film explores issues of power through the lenses of social class, gender, and family. Unlike most modern movies, Miss Julie is deliberately paced and takes its time exploring the characters through long scenes filled with dialogue and emotion. Those who choose to pay attention will be dazzled by the performances and absolutely transported back in time.
Shortly after the premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, I landed an exclusive video interview with Jessica Chastain. She talked about what the last few years have been like and how shooting Miss Julie in chronological order helped her as an actress along with what she learned from director Liv Ullman. We also discussed the advice Al Pacino gave her on her first film, Salomé, the importance of stepping outside of your comfort zone as an actor, her reaction after watching Guillermo del Toro‘s Crimson Peak, and a lot more.
Jessica is in New York to promote The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby and while in town, she decided to step by to New York Fashion Week and watch the Michael Kors Spring 2015 Fashion Show on front row. Check the pictures:
The sudden loss of Robin Williams in August shocked millions, but Oscar-nominated actress Jessica Chastain has felt it in a particularly personal way. Thanks to a scholarship Williams set up through The Juilliard School, she was able to pay for her college education.
“He was a complete stranger, and he absolutely changed my life,” she told TODAY’s Matt Lauer on a visit Wednesday to promote her new movie, “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby.” Getting the scholarship, she said, meant she was able to be the first person in her family to graduate college.
Williams and Chastain never met, though they communicated through third parties, and she sent him thank-you letters. But she’s not stopping just because he’s gone — Chastain says she plans to find a way to pay it forward.
“It inspires me to try to continue his legacy of generosity,” she said, adding that she’d like to ensure the scholarship in his name goes on. “It’s such a beautiful thing that he did, and he would want to help other people, I think.”
“The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby” opens in theaters nationwide on Sept. 19.
A new portrait done during TIFF by Vanity Fair has been added, and its pretty gorgeous. You can find it in HQ at the gallery. Also a few more Eleanor Rigby stills has been added as well.