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.
Oscar-nominated actor Michael Shannon is in Northeast Ohio shooting a new film.
The actor, who picked up an Oscar nod for playing the bizarre dinner guest in “Revolutionary Road,” will be here for the next month filming an untitled drama.
The film is being directed by Jeff Nichols (“Shotgun Stories”), and produced by Chagrin Falls native Tyler Davidson.
Davidson has been good to Northeast Ohio. He also was a producer on “The Year That Trembled,” based on the Scott Lax novel, which was shot here, and his next film, “Swedish Auto,” was the opening night feature at the Cleveland International Film Festival in 2007.
The new movie, which co-stars Jessica Chastain and Kathy Baker, is scheduled to shoot in Chardon, Elyria, Grafton, and LaGrange.
If the calls stop coming into Bryce Dallas Howard’s agent’s office for the description of a young, lead red head, I get the feeling that it’s because newcomer Jessica Chastain might be grabbing her future roles instead. You might not know it yet, but Chastain is the next best thing – especially if Terence Malick’s The Tree of Life turns out to be golden. She has now been added to Ami Canaan Mann’s The Fields as the film’s co-lead. But just before uploading the piece, I noticed that Chastain isn’t the only lady with a bright future who is boarding the project – an accidental find on IMDB reports that Chloe Moretz will also be joining the picture. I first caught a glimpse of Moretz here, and just recently saw her steal the show in Kick Ass.
Written by Don Ferrarone, The Fields is the story of two homicide detectives (Worthington and Chastain) who probe a series of murders along coastal Texas. During the course of the investigation they must overcome fierce killers as they race to save a street child named Little Anne (Chloe Moretz) from becoming the next victim.
Chastain will be seen next in John Madden’s The Debt, Al Pacino’s Wilde Salome and is currently filming Coriolanus for Ralph Fiennes’ directorial debut.
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