According to reports from the Hollywood Reporter, actress Jessica Chastain has joined the cast of the upcoming DreamWorks film “The Help,” based on the best-selling novel by Kathryn Stockett.
The script for “The Help” is written by Tate Taylor who will also direct the film, which tells the story of black maids working in white homes during the 60s in Jackson, Miss. The film will also star Viola Davis, Emma Stone, Bryce Dallas Howard, and Octavia Spencer.
Chastain will play Celia Foote, a Southern woman with low self-esteem who is constantly trying to fit in with the high society women who surround her. Filming will begin at the end of July.
Chastain, who played Brad Pitt’s wife in the upcoming film “Tree of Life,” will also appear in “The Debt,” playing a young Helen Mirren. She also recently finished “The Fields,” with Sam Worthington and Jeffrey Dean Morgan.
In 2009, Chastain played Desdemona in a production of OTHELLO at The Public Theatre and also appeared in Richard Nelson’s RODNEY’S WIFE at Playwrights Horizons.