Chastain announced earlier in August that she would star in and produce, through her Freckle Films production company and Voltage Pictures, the character-driven action movie “Eve.” Matthew Newton, who wrote the script, was also named director, but left the project following online backlash due to his history of alleged assault and domestic violence. Tate Taylor, who directed Jessica in The Help, joined the project a few weeks later.
Chastain has been a strong supporter of the #MeToo movement. Newton said he was stepping down due to the responses to his attachment and added, “I am profoundly aware that I have a responsibility to lead where I have failed in the past. I can never undo the harm that I’ve caused the people I’ve cared about and I carry that shame and responsibility with me every day.”
Yesterday, it was announced that Colin Farrell and Common has joined the project as well. Farrell will be playing the leader of a black ops organization whom Chastain’s title character works for. Common will play the ex-fiance of Chastain’s character.
Principal photography is set to begin in Boston on Sept. 24.