Jessica Chastain Offered Lead Role in Second Season of HBO’s TRUE DETECTIVE [Update: Reps Deny Involvement]

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Ever since Detectives Rust Cohle (Matthew McConaughey) and Marty Hart (Woody Harrelson) made their mark in the first season of HBO’s taut drama True Detective, fans have been wondering just who would star in the anthology’s follow-up season.  If tonight’s news pans out, one of those leads could very well be Jessica Chastain.  The successful show, which is boldly vying for a Best Drama Series instead of Miniseries at this year’s Emmy Awards, was rumored to see a change in genders of the lead roles in its second season, so the Zero Dark Thirty actress would certainly be an inspired choice.  Hit the jump for more. [This story has been updated after the jump]

New Trailer for Christopher Nolan’s INTERSTELLAR Starring Matthew McConaughey

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Paramount Pictures has released a new Interstellar trailer for director Christopher Nolan’s upcoming sci-fi drama.  The film stars Matthew McConaughey and revolves around a group of explorers who make use of a newly discovered wormhole “to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage.”  Even though I know most of the visual effects are still in development, I’m surprised at how much focus was on the emotional side of the film.  Like production designer Nathan Crawley said, this is really a father-daughter story, and I like the emphasis on the emotion.  But there’s also a darkness in here that the characters aren’t just leaving Earth for the sake of exploration; they’re leaving Earth because it’s a lost cause.

Hit the jump to watch the new Interstellar trailer.  The film also stars Anne HathawayJessica ChastainCasey AffleckMichael Caine, David OyelowoWes BentleyJohn LithgowEllen BurstynTopher GraceDavid GyasiMackenzie FoyBill IrwinTimothée Chalamet, and Matt Damon.  Interstellar opens November 7th.

3 Different Versions of THE DISAPPEARANCE OF ELEANOR RIGBY Will Be Released This Fall

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When director Ned Benson’s feature directorial debut The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby screened at the Toronto International Film Festival last fall, it marked a fascinating moviegoing experience in that two different cuts of the film were screened back to back.  The film stars Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy and tells the story of a married couple whose relationship disintegrates, and Benson had cut together two entirely separate films.  Him tells the story completely from McAvoy’s point of view, and Her tells the story from Chastain’s perspective.

I was very much looking forward to seeing both films when the pic got a theatrical release, but when The Weinstein Company dated the pic for release on September 26th, it was for a traditional two-hour cut.  Thankfully, word now comes that TWC plans on releasing not only the traditional cut but also two other different cuts when Eleanor Rigby hits theaters.  Hit the jump for more.

Jessica Chastain to Play Marilyn Monroe in Andrew Dominik’s BLONDE

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Jessica Chastain may soon be adding “biopic” to her already impressive resume, though not in the traditional sense of the word.  Per The Wrap, the actress is near a deal to play Marilyn Monroe in The Assassination of Jesse James director Andrew Dominik’s next film Blonde.  Though Naomi Watts had previously been attached to play the famous leading lady in the pic, she fell off the project some time ago.  The film is not your traditional “cradle-to-grave” story, as Dominik previously described it as a “sprawling, emotional nightmare fairy-tale type movie” and it is based on author Joyce Carol Oates’ historical novel of the same name.  Hit the jump for more on this exciting prospect.

Scott and Brie in Talks for SLEEPING WITH OTHER PEOPLE; Walker Joins THE MOON AND THE SUN; Irons and Meyers to Lead THE SECRET SCRIPTURE

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We’ve a few casting stories for you today.  First up Adam Scott is planning to reteam with Bachelorette director writer-director Leslye Headland for her upcoming comedy Sleeping with Other PeopleThe movie stars Jason Sudeikis as “a womanizer who befriends a serial cheater; ultimately, the two develop a romantic attraction to each other.”  According to THR, Alison Brie is in talks to replace Kirsten Dunst, who had to drop out due to a scheduling conflict.  Headland notes that neither deal is done, and that “‘It’s not set in stone, kids.’ I’ve seen shit fall apart over less.”  As Harvey Weinstein‘s former assistant, she should know.  Hopefully, Scott and Brie will sign on; they’re both immensely talented and are terrific on two of TV’s best sitcoms, Parks and Recreation and Community, respectively.

Hit the jump for casting news on the fantasy feature The Moon and the Sun and the adaptation of the Irish novel, The Secret Scripture.

First Image and Synopsis for J.C. Chandor’s A MOST VIOLENT YEAR Starring Jessica Chastain, Oscar Isaac, Albert Brooks, and Alfred Molina

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J.C. Chandor‘s All Is Lost was a huge step forward for the Margin Call director, and so I’m incredibly excited for his latest picture, A Most Violent Year.  The first image and official synopsis have been released for the film, which is set in New York in 1981 and revolves around “an American immigrant (Oscar Isaac) and his wife (Jessica Chastain) trying to expand their business as violence and corruption threaten to destroy all they have built.”  The great cast also includes Albert Brooks, Alfred Molina, and David Oyelowo.

Hit the jump to check out the image and synopsis.

Emma Thompson to Star in Robert Carlyle’s Directorial Debut THE LONG MIDNIGHT OF BARNEY THOMSON; Jake Gyllenhaal & Amy Adams Join EZEKIEL MOSS

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Here’s more of today’s casting news:

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First Trailer for Christopher Nolan’s INTERSTELLAR

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Warner Bros. has released the first trailer for director Christopher Nolan’s new film Interstellar.  The sci-fi pic stars Matthew McConaughey and revolves around a group of explorers who make use of a newly discovered wormhole “to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage.”  Though this teaser trailer features very, very little footage from the still in-production film, it’s a surprisingly moving piece that draws on the human spirit’s drive to keep moving forward.  I’ll say no more and let you experience the teaser for yourself, but the prospect of seeing Nolan further explore these themes in the full film is definitely exciting.

Hit the jump to watch the teaser Interstellar trailer.  The film also stars Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Casey Affleck, Michael Caine, David Oyelowo, Wes Bentley, John Lithgow, Ellen Burstyn, Topher Grace, David Gyasi, Mackenzie Foy, Bill Irwin, Timothée Chalamet, and Matt DamonInterstellar opens November 7, 2014.

Guillermo Del Toro’s CRIMSON PEAK Set for April 2015 [UPDATED]

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Because 2015 wasn’t crazy enough when it comes to must-see movies, Guillermo Del Toro‘s Crimson Peak will be released in April 2015.  Although THR has the date right, the new title is not “Haunted Peak“.  That’s a working title.  The movie is still called “Crimson Peak“, which is a much cooler title.

According to THR, filming will take place at Pinewood Toronto Studios from February 10 – May 14th.  The film is described as a “classical gothic romance ghost story” and the logline says the story is about “a young author who discovers that her husband is not who he appears to be.”  Those kinds of discoveries are never fun.  It’s never “You’re the son of a wealthy prince, and you have a house made of candy? Huzzah!”  The film stars Charlie Hunnam, Tom Hiddleston, Jessica Chastain, and Mia Wasikowska. [Update: We reached out to del Toro for comment and he responded thusly: “the film Crimson Peak has not changed title.  We created Haunted Peak as a production entity for the shoot. The film's title remains unchanged.”]

Jessica Chastain Gets a Body Cast for Guillermo del Toro’s CRIMSON PEAK in New Images

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One might think that Guillermo del Toro is taking a little break now after the massive undertaking that was Pacific Rim, but one would be mistaken.  Del Toro is currently in Toronto hard at work on directing the pilot for the upcoming FX series The Strain, but he’s also busy prepping his next feature film Crimson Peak, which starts principal photography in February.  The film is described as a “classical gothic romance ghost story” that stars Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston, Mia Wasikowska, and Charlie Hunnam, and del Toro called it his first adult movie in the English language.  Other than that, though, very little is known about the film.

Chastain was recently in Toronto where she had a full body cast made for Crimson Peak, and she has now shared images of the process on her Facebook with guest appearances by Del Toro and Chastain’s young Mama co-star.  It’s not incredibly illuminating, but it does beg the question why would Chastain’s character need a prosthetic mold?  Curious.  Very curious.  Hit the jump to check out the images. [Update: We've removed the unofficial images.]

First Images from THE DISAPPEARANCE OF ELEANOR RIGBY, DOM HEMINGWAY, ENOUGH SAID, HATESHIP LOVESHIP, and PHILOMENA

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The Toronto International Film Festival announced its stellar line-up for their 2013 Galas and Special Presentation programs.  Among the films with new images and synopses are:

  • The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him and Her (Directed by Ned Benson) Starring Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, Nina Arianda, Viola Davis, Bill Hader, Ciarán Hinds, Isabelle Huppert, William Hurt, and Jess Weixler.
  • Dom Hemingway (Directed by Richard Shepard) Starring Jude Law, Richard E. Grant, Demian Bichir, Emilia Clarke, Kerry Condon, Jumayn Hunter, Madalina Ghenea, and Nathan Stewart-Jarrett.
  • Enough Said (Directed by Nicole Holofcener) Starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Catherine Keener, James Gandolfini, Toni Collette, Ben Falcone, Eve Hewson, and Tavi Gevinson.
  • Hateship Loveship (Directed by Liza Johnson) Starring Kristen Wiig, Guy Pearce, Christine Lahti, Nick Nolte, Hailee Steinfeld, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Sami Gayle.
  • Philomena (Directed by Stephen Frears) Starring Judi Dench and Steve Coogan.

Hit the jump to check out the images and synopses.  The 2013 Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 5 – 15th.

John Lithgow Joins INTERSTELLAR; Jessica Chastain Eyes A MOST VIOLENT YEAR Opposite Javier Bardem

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The cast of Christopher Nolan’s upcoming sci-fi film Interstellar is rounding out ahead of the film’s imminent production start date.  The great John Lithgow is the latest actor to join the film’s cast, which is toplined by Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, and Michael Caine.  Given that plot details are firmly under wraps, The Wrap’s report has no information on Lithgow’s role.  Nevertheless, the Emmy-winning actor makes a swell addition, along with yesterday’s news of Ellen Burstyn, Mackenzie Foy, and Timothee Chalamet joining the cast.  Interstellar opens on November 7, 2014.

Hit the jump for news concerning Jessica Chastain possibly starring opposite Javier Bardem.

MAMA Blu-ray Review

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Mama’s producer Guillermo del Toro understands the nature of fear as few others do. Its purity. Its simplicity. The way it cuts through all the bullshit and grabs you by the fundaments. He once said, “fear is simply the presence of something that shouldn’t be there or the absence of something that should be there.”  Everything else is details. Director Andres Muschietti takes that adage to heart with this, his feature film debut. He can’t quite find the brilliance of his producer, but he catches glimpses of it at times, and that propels Mama far past what we might otherwise expect.  Hit the jump for my review of the film on Blu-ray.

Chastain, Johansson, Witherspoon, and Seyfried Eyed to Play Young Hillary Clinton in RODHAM

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Last month, we reported that The Spectacular Now director James Ponsoldt would helm Rodham.  Per the synopsis, “During the height of the Watergate scandal, rising star Hillary Rodham is the youngest lawyer chosen for the House Judiciary Committee to Impeach Nixon, but she soon finds herself forced to choose between a destined path to the White House and her unresolved feelings for Bill Clinton, her former boyfriend who now teaches law in Arkansas.”  Since playing a famous person in a drama is a prime recipe for netting an Oscar, it’s a role that’s ripe to net an A-list actress.

Today, The Independent reports that Jessica Chastain, Scarlett Johansson, Reese Witherspoon, and Amanda Seyfriend have emerged as “frontrunners” to play the title role.  I put “frontrunners” in quotations because these actresses are probably high on every list for most projects.  Ponsoldt commented, “They’re all wonderful actresses. We’re very fortunate that a lot of really great actors are interested in playing these roles. We’re in an enviable position.”  Of course, once the role of Rodham has been cast, we can rev up the speculation machine on who will play a young Bill Clinton.

Jessica Chastain Courted for Christopher Nolan’s INTERSTELLAR

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Reports have Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty) in talks to star in Christopher Nolan’s next film, Interstellar.  This would make Chastain the third lead after Matthew McConaughey (Magic Mike) and Anne Hathaway (The Dark Knight Rises) took roles just last month.  The details of the sci-fi picture are, of course, being kept under wraps, but the story is based on Caltech physicist and relativity expert Kip S. Thorne’s scientific theory that wormholes exist and can be used for time travel.  Hit the jump for what else we know about Interstellar. 

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