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.
There’s a bit of mixed news today regarding Molly’s Game, Aaron Sorkin’s long-developing true-life poker drama. First, the great news: Professional Cool Person Idris Elba is in talks to join Jessica Chastain in the upcoming film, with Chastain in negotiations for the eponymous lead role. And in less great news: Sony has dropped out of the project, leaving Sorkin without a distributor.
The Huntsman: Winter’s War is a prequel, a sequel, a spinoff, a mashup, a bit of a remake, and almost a movie. It contains many recognizable elements from actual films — plot, characters, scenes, imagery, music — almost all of them inspired by (if not outright stolen from) other far more original movies and television shows. There are bits and pieces shamelessly swiped from Frozen, Lord of the Rings, The Hunger Games, Game of Thrones, the Marvel Cinematic Universe, plus a few odds and ends from the production it is ostensibly following, 2012’s Snow White and the Huntsman. It’s almost like the movie version of a pod person from Invasion of the Body Snatchers; superficially indistinguishable from the real thing, but lacking any semblance of a soul.
Snow White and the Huntsman was a pretty decent fantasy-action update on the classic fairy tale with some solid action sequences in the vein of Game of Thrones — which makes The Huntsman: Winter’s War and its blatant riff on Frozen all the more baffling. The latest trailer for the super-weird prequel has arrived, and if nothing else, we can all agree that A. The cast is great, and B. This movie looks BONKERS.