‘Miss Sloane’ Director on How the Political Drama Landed in the Middle of a Minefield
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.
On November 25, the political drama Miss Sloane goes into limited release and the rest of America will catch up on December 9. That release date was the subject of much hubbub among the producers and director John Madden (the fellow behind cinematic landmark The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, not the esteemed designer of women’s footwear), who wanted to capitalize on what they projected to be the film’s real-world resonance. A taut thriller about lobbyist Elizabeth Sloane (Jessica Chastain) and her efforts to push more restrictive gun control legislation through Congress, the production team fully expected the issue of firearm policy to be a central topic in the election. Accordingly, they rushed to complete the project in time to release it before Election Day.
But when the election focus shifted from such issues as guns, foreign diplomacy, and domestic security to the hot-button issue of “what in the hell is happening right now,” the film’s marketing had to shift along with it. Madden explained the switch-up:
“As it turns out, that election (was) hijacked by completely different issues,” he said. “The political process itself, which this film which really has as its subject … and even more specifically about the issue of women and gender in politics … we find ourselves bizarrely in this circumstance where we kind of raced to get the film ready … just to get into a place where we felt the movie would situate itself in the midst of a political circumstance. It’s strange how what we always thought — and I always thought — were the more significant issues of the political subject matter of the film are the ones that suddenly have landed right in the center of the whole discussion, which is bizarre and unexpected.”
The full story is pretty fascinating, showing how the distant ripples of politics can expand to affect every aspect of life — give it a read at Deadline.