Oscar Isaac signed to replace Javier Barden in the upcoming ‘A Most Violent Year’, which will be directed by ‘All Is Lost’ director J.C. Chandor.
“It’s really neat because Jessica was pushing Oscar because they were classmates at Juilliard,” Chandor added. “And he literally is this character,” the filmmaker said of the actor, who was born in Guatemala to a Guatemalan mother and Cuban father who immigrated to America and raised him in Miami.
Isaac, who is earning raves for his performance in the Coen Brothers-helmed Llewyn Davis, has seen his stock rise in recent months, fielding a flurry of plum role offers. He recently turned down the role of Ramses in Ridley Scott’s Exodus.
Neal Dodson and Anna Gerb are producing A Most Violent Year, which is based on an original screenplay by Chandor. [THR]
Set in 1981, when violence and corruption in New York City ran rampant, story follows the ambitious owner of an oil company who must protect his business and his family from his competitors as they violently try to run him out of business. The film finds him and his wife crossing paths with high-powered lawyers, wealthy bankers, dangerous teamsters and a shady district attorney.
Participant Media is planning to finance the film, which is expected to start production in January in New York. FilmNation is handling worldwide sales.
Exciting much? The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug opens next December 13!
Jessica Chastain on Robert Redford as Our Man in “All Is Lost”
Robert Redford acts without speaking. That is some sort of magic.
Mr. Redford has given many of my favorite performances in his over-50-year career. In “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” “All the President’s Men,” “The Way We Were,” and so many others, he has entertained us while always stirring an emotion within us. He has helped shape this industry through his work and mastery, while at the same time supporting new artists. He is a film legend.
And yet, as I sat watching him play the sole character, Our Man in J.C. Chandor’s, “All Is Lost,” I forgot that this is Robert Redford. He is fully the character: a man lost at sea, willing to survive. I was struck by his physical and emotional endurance, but moreover, I was struck by his lack of dialogue. How does an actor bring us a complete character without dialogue? Mr. Redford is absolutely riveting in “All Is Lost.”
He brings us forward with his silence. Having to convey much of the story through body language, he gives himself freedom to express his emotions fully.
There’s a great immediacy in his acting. He’s not confined to the expected boundaries of cinema. He is an actor who exists only in the moment, an actor who is never self-conscious. We feel his character’s secrets, without knowing them completely. He goes straight to the feeling and his story hits you, like music. Like it has for over 50 years. That is magic.
(Chastain was nominated by the Academy for “Zero Dark Thirty” and “The Help.”)
Variety is reporting that Myriad Pictures has closed sales in most international territories for “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him and Her“. The deals were closed following screenings at the American Film Market.
Myriad closed new deals with Prokino for Germany and Austria, Imagine for Benelux, Ster-Kinekor for South Africa, Praesens for Switzerland, Seven Films for Greece, Discovery for former Yugoslavia, HGC for China, and Mono Generation for Thailand. Myriad is also fielding offers for Japan, Scandinavia and Eastern Europe.
The Weinstein Co. acquired all North American rights, the UK and France at Toronto. TWC is planning a theatrical release in the US for 2014.
Previous deals for “Rigby” include Wanda Vision for Spain, Koch Media for Italy, Swen for Latin America, and Transmission for Australia.
Jessica is featured in this short film by Matthew Frost, teaming up for Vogue in a new project which brings short films in each issue. On it, they poke a little fun at our digital obsession with celebrities. Who among us has been tempted to snap a sneaky shot of a star when serendipity brings one into our midst?
This picture was shared by stylist Elizabeth Stewart on her Instagram, it seems a new photoshoot is coming soon.
IFTN is reporting that Jessica and Vanessa Redgrave will both star in the adaption of “The Secret Scripture”.
Sebastian Barry’s novel ‘The Secret Scripture’ – shortlisted for the Man Booker prize in 2008 – is set to be adapted into a feature film by ‘My Left Foot’ Producer Noel Pearson, with principal photography to take place in Wicklow and Sligo in June 2014.
Hollywood actresses Jessica Chastain and Vanessa Redgrave have both signed on to play younger & older versions of the main character, Roseanne McNulty, a Sligo woman who keeps a diary of her many years confined to a mental hospital in Roscommon.
You will find an exclusive video in current digital issue of Vogue Magazine. Its a short film made by Matthew Frost called Script Content. It’s not available anywhere else, so be sure to get your digital copy until Matthew shares it.