After starring in the Guillermo del Toro-produced horror film Mama earlier this year, Jessica Chastain will reunite with the director for his new haunting picture, Crimson Peak. The project has been steadily adding stellar talent to the cast, including Emma Stone (The Amazing Spider-Man), Charlie Hunnam (Sons of Anarchy) and most recently Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock). The twice Oscar-nominated Chastain adds further star power and gravitas to a picture that del Toro calls a “very set-oriented, classical but at the same time modern take on the ghost story. It will allow me to play with the conventions of the genre I know and love, and at the same time subvert the old rules.” Del Toro spoke more about the picture and more in a recent interview with Steve at WonderCon. Hit the jump for more on Crimson Peak and Chastain’s casting announcement.
Heat Vision reported Chastain’s casting in del Toro’s Crimson Peak, but few character details are available at the moment. The story centers on a woman who begins to suspect that her husband might not be who he pretends to be. The Gothic horror movie is expected to begin production in February of 2014. Del Toro penned the script along with Matthew Robbins (Mimic) with a recent rewrite by Lucinda Coxon (Wild Target).
Chastain earned her second Oscar nod for Zero Dark Thirty, but last appeared in a surprise turn in Mama. She’ll next be seen in writer/director Ned Benson’s two-parter The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: His and The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Hers. Chastain is also rumored to be starring in David Yates’ Tarzan and will star opposite Colin Farrell in Miss Julie. Chastain has proven to be an absolute chameleon in her performances so far, so it’s great to see that she has a variety of roles lined up for the next couple of years.