Jessica stepped by this morning (Jun 26) on Today Show, to talk about Woman Walks Ahead. She also spoke with Hoda Kotb about how she spoke up on behalf of fellow actress Octavia Spencer to help her get five times her pay for an upcoming film they’re in together. “I assumed a woman like Octavia Spencer would be compensated fairly for the work she’s done, for the awards she’s received.”
Watch the video below, also check our gallery for promotional images and screen captures.
Appearances & Events > 2018 > Jun 26 | Today Show
Talk Shows > Jun 26 2018 | Today Show
Jessica talked to Indiewire today about It: Chapter Two. Read the full article below:
It was the kind of casting that seems preordained: When Jessica Chastain was officially tapped in February to play the adult Beverly Marsh in the much-anticipated horror sequel “It: Chapter Two,” the news came only after months of fans dream casting the redhead for the role, drumming up enough chatter that Chastain herself happily admitted to wanting the role in November of last year. The chance to take on the part of grown up Beverly (played by Sophia Lillis in the 2017 horror hit) also appealed to Chastain because it would reunite her with two of her favorite collaborators: director Andy Muschietti and his producer sister Barbara Muschietti. But that wasn’t the only element that spoke to her.
Like plenty of other genre fans, Chastain grew up reading Stephen King’s books and watching the movies they inspired, even if she was perhaps a smidge too young to dip into his brand of terror.
“Oh, yeah. I remember reading ‘Pet Sematary,’” Chastain said in a recent interview with IndieWire. “Ohhh, I was so young when I read that book, and I got so scared. And I watched that movie so many times. I read ‘The Shining.’ I really like his writing.”
Jessica visited last night the Late Show with Stephen Colbert, to promote Woman Walks Ahead. Jessica recently celebrated one year of her wedding with Gian Luca and on this interview, she tested the censors with some dirty Italian words and gestures she picked up from her husband. Check the video added in our archive, and screen captures in our gallery.
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Today is ‘Woman Walks Ahead’ press day, and Jessica was spot arriving at The Late Show with Stephen Colbert studios, in which she’ll appear later today. She also will attend today a MoMa screening alongside Michael Greyeyes and director Susanna White.
Excited to be reunited with #michaelgreyeyes and #jessicachastain at MOMA tomorrow for the screening of #WomanWalksAhead ahead of the US cinema release of the movie Friday 29th June pic.twitter.com/ezWbILmXpR
— Susanna White (@_susannawhite) June 24, 2018
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Production is now underway on Andy Muschietti’s IT: Chapter 2, which will re-team the director and his Mama star, Jessica Chastain. The actress is playing the adult Beverly Marsh in the sequel, the Losers’ Club character played by Sophia Lillis in the first film.
Over on Instagram, Chastain showed off an image of her new “summer cut” for the filming of IT: Chapter 2, adding the hashtag “WinterFire” in the caption!
The cast also includes Bill Hader as Richie, James McAvoy as Bill, James Ransone as Eddie, Andy Bean as Stanley, Isaiah Mustafa as Mike and Jay Ryan as Ben. Bill Skarsgård returns as Pennywise and Xavier Dolan was just announced to have joined the cast. He will play Adrian Mellon, a gay man living in Derry who is attacked by bullies and killed by Pennywise.
Next year’s movie takes place 27 years after the first installment, with flashbacks to the ’80s. As adults, the Losers’ Club will resume their battle with the evil Pennywise.
The sequel will arrive in theaters on September 6, 2019.
Jessica attended the launch of Piaget‘s new jewelry collection on Monday night (June 18) at Palais D’iena in Paris, France. She was joined by her Grandmother Marilyn, as you can see in the pictures just added in our gallery.
Earlier this month The Hollywood Reporter presented a great cover interview with Jessica, to talk about gender equality and how she became a powerful force for change in Hollywood and beyond.
These public acts of feminism have become a natural extension of the way Chastain conducts business, which in turn has raised her profile in New Hollywood to heights beyond what even her two Oscar nominations and more than $1 billion in career box office would suggest. In 2016, she founded the women-led (by Chastain and former Weinstein Co. producer Kelly Carmichael) Freckle Films, which has garnered attention for a commitment to equal pay — and a series of high-profile sales, most recently the international spy thriller 355. In addition to spearheading the project — doing research that showed women-led ensemble films perform better than male-led ones, noticing the dearth of female spy thrillers, recruiting director Simon Kinberg and writer Theresa Rebeck — it was Chastain’s idea, confirms Kinberg, for the film’s stars to be paid equally in a deal orchestrated by CAA. “We independently financed it,” Chastain says. “And all five of the actresses” — Chastain, Penelope Cruz, Fan Bingbing, Lupita Nyong’o and Marion Cotillard — “own equity in the film. I love the idea about creating this movie and seeing that these women aren’t just people for hire.” She says she was motivated by the way the industry previously treated leading women. “Like Susan Sarandon or Jessica Lange or Sissy Spacek. You wonder: These incredible actresses, where are they now? Why did they disappear for so long? It was a system that wasn’t working. And so I thought, ‘Well, what if we now take the power and give it to the actresses?’”
Read the full interview in our press archive
Check scans and photoshoot added in our gallery, as well screen captures of the behind-the-scenes video that you can watch below:
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Behind the Scenes > 2018 – The Hollywood Reporter
In Woman Walks Ahead, the period drama from director Susanna White that is available now on DIRECTV and opens in theaters on June 29, Jessica Chastain plays 19th century painter Catherine Weldon, who travels to North Dakota to paint a portrait of Chief Sitting Bull.
A few days ago an exclusive clip was released by A24, in which Catherine is accused of being a spy by an US Army officer.
Our gallery was also updated with some brand new promotional images. Check it:
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Earlier today Jessica Chastain joined to Penelope Cruz, Marion Cotillard, Lupita Nyong’o and Fan Bingbing at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival to promote their upcoming spy thriller 355. Alongside director Simon?Kinberg they attended a presentation at the Majestic Hotel — easily the most glamorous event thus far at this year’s otherwise sleepy Cannes. Festival glitz typically takes place on a red carpet and involves a finished film. Such was not the case with the 355 presentation, whose collective star power easily eclipsed any other event of the festival to date.
Adding to the intrigue, the five women were transported by boat to a photo op near the famed Hotel du Cap. After the presentation, Chastain, who is producing the film, headed to a lunch reception at the Majestic, sponsored by The Hollywood Reporter and DirecTV on the Grey Goose Terrace.
Sources say the film’s budget will exceed $75 million, making it one of the priciest Cannes market titles of all time. Chastain, who served as a Cannes juror last year, was disheartened by the female representations in the films she screened. So, she handpicked and enlisted Fan, Cotillard, Cruz and Nyong’o — “Luckily they all said yes,” Chastain told the buyers — as well as her X-Men: Dark Phoenix director Kinberg.
There’s no script yet, but according to Vanity Fair’s Rebecca Keegan, who accidently was allowed into the no-press, top-secret presentation before she was kicked out while live tweeting, the plot revolves around five spies from agencies around the world who form their own team, dubbed 355. Theresa Rebeck (Catwoman) is writing the screenplay.
Check in our gallery lots of HQ pictures from the event.
A few days ago it was announced that some of our favourite actresses was teaming up to a large-scale espionage film that Simon Kinberg will direct. Jessica Chastain, Marion Cotillard, Penelope Cruz, Fan Bingbing and Lupita Nyong’o will play international agents in 355, a grounded, edgy action thriller that aims to alter a male-dominated genre with a true female ensemble, in the style of spy franchises The Bourne Identity, Mission: Impossible and James Bond. The script is by Theresa Rebeck.
Chastain sat with Deadline when the project was announced last week.
“I had so much fun working on The Help that I always wanted to do another female ensemble film. I love the Bourne movies, the Mission: Impossible films, and wondered why, except for Charlie’s Angels, there hadn’t been a true female ensemble action-thriller spy film. That got my wheels going, along with the idea of casting actresses from all over the world to truly make it an international project. I realized the incredible creative freedom we would have with that. I brought the idea to Simon, told him about the actresses I was thinking of, and he was so sweet. He said, ‘I want to do it with you.’
Then I called all the women, told them what I was envisioning and that I wanted it to be a collaborative process, and how we would all create this together. The one thing that felt important is that we all show up at Cannes, because that would be the beginning of our journey together. Every single actress I called said yes, on the phone call. They committed to Cannes and to everything. So far it has been a very wonderfully easy process.”
She also got the idea of the film title by one of her past projects.
“When I was preparing for Zero Dark Thirty, I had incredible resources working in the CIA I got to learn from. We have a consultant in our film that has a lot of knowledge in espionage. This title came from one of the conversations I had with him. Agent 355 was the code name of a female spy during the American Revolution. She was one of the very first spies for the United States, and her identity is still unknown. For a lot of women who work in the CIA and other organizations like that, Code 355 is a universal slang term for female spy. It’s the invisible woman who was never named.”
Today, Jessica is in Cannes as announced, and the movie has scored its first major territorial deal, with FilmNation Entertainment and CAA Media Finance Group setting a whopping deal in France with SND.
Deadline – That deal was made before tomorrow’s affair at the Cannes Majestic where director Simon Kinberg will be on hand with Jessica Chastain, Marion Cotillard, Penelope Cruz, Fan Bingbing and Lupita Nyong’o to discuss their ambition for the spy ensemble, before a crowd of international and domestic buyers. Deadline revealed the project last week and this week placed it atop the most anticipated list of star packages unveiled at the Cannes Market.
Excitement for this new project is now my middle name.