Jessica Chastain’s had a busy week at the Cannes Film Festival, sitting in as one of the Competition jurors under this year’s El Presidente, filmmaker Pedro Almodovar. She’s been kept plenty occupied, flitting back and forth between screenings and photo ops, taking interviews, and skillfully changing the subject whenever co-juror Will Smith asks her what she thought of Collateral Beauty. (That last one’s in my imagination, but still.) But even as she puts a comfortingly symmetrical face on international cinephilia, the beloved and award-festooned star has found time to ink a deal on a new project. And my fellow Chastainiacs have ample cause to rejoice — it may be her most swoonworthy turn yet.
Any fan of French-Canadian filmmaker Xavier Dolan has kept a close eye on his upcoming English-language debut, The Death & Life of John F. Donovan. The two-time Cannes Jury Prize winning filmmaker has been working on the project for over a year now, and finally today brings the first official synopsis, character details, and first official photos.
It was 5pm on Friday afternoon in Midtown Manhattan, not the most desirable place to be on St. Patrick’s Day in New York City. Director Niki Caro had gone straight from a delayed red eye to a hotel to do interviews for her new historical drama, The Zookeeper’s Wife. Being one of the last people to talk to Caro after a six-hour-long press all day, I didn’t expect the liveliest of conversations. After all, we were talking about a Holocaust movie; how cheery could things get?
We haven’t seen much of Jessica Chastain this year, her only two 2016 feature credits being The Huntsman: Winter’s War (be honest, did anyone see that?) and the upcoming gun control drama Miss Sloane out later this month. But sometimes the world bestows upon us gifts in dark times, and today’s gift was the beautiful trailer for The Zookeeper’s Wife, starring Chastain, Johan Heldenbergh, and, naturally, Daniel Brühl.
With the success of Disney and Marvel’s Avengers films and Warner Bros.’ recent Justice League endeavors, more studios are looking to get into the superhero game. As Marvel and DC are pretty much monopolized, production companies have to dig a little deeper into the comics universe to find new material. As it turns out, Jessica Chastain and her production company have landed on Painkiller Jane, the indestructible character from Event Comics.
If you used the internet, turned on a television, flipped open a newspaper, or walked outside to see fat droplets of blood pouring from a crimson sky within the past two days, you may be aware that Donald Trump won Tuesday night’s Presidential Election and singlehandedly upended everything we thought we knew about American politics. Life as we know it is already changing; for people of color, LGBTQ individuals, and immigrants of every nationality, the nation has become a smaller and more hostile place. And as a newly reported story from Deadline indicates, the transfer of power has had (decidedly less grave, admittedly) consequences in the entertainment industry as well.
Kevin Costner has been spotted around Hollywood limbering up his mouth muscles, practicing his walk-and-talk, and getting comfortable with the phrase “I’m really quite something,” all of which can only mean one thing: He’s in negotiations for a role in Aaron Sorkin’s upcoming directorial debut, Molly’s Game. And while none of that first part is, strictly speaking, “true,” that second part sure is. (According to a new exclusive from Deadline, at least.)
If you’re not getting enough of Washington D.C.’s seedy underbelly just reading the New York Times every morning, keep an eye out for Miss Sloane later this fall. Jessica Chastain stars in the film as a lobbyist who squares off with the all-powerful gun lobby. (“There’s over five million of us. And we’re armed.”) In the teaser above, Chastain flashes that same steely glare that made her such an incredible lead in Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty.
HBO criminal justice drama The Night Of may not have captivated audiences to the scale of, say, True Detective, but nonetheless drew notable praise. That is, save for one major plot twist involving the series’ lead female role, one actors Jessica Chastain and Elizabeth Banks took to task over Twitter.
You’d think that Jake Gyllenhaal would be scared off of video game adaptations for good after the disaster that was Prince of Persia, but the actor is giving it another go with a new film based on Tom Clancy’s The Division. He may have a little help from another acclaimed actor, as Jessica Chastain is reportedly in talks to join the upcoming project, which Gyllenhaal is also producing.