Joel Edgerton and Jessica Chastain to Star in Paired Films, THE DISAPPEARANCE OF ELEANOR RIGBY: HIS and THE DISAPPEARANCE OF ELEANOR RIGBY: HERS

     February 2, 2012

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Joel Edgerton and Jessica Chastain will star in The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: His and The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Hers.  The love story explores a New York City couple’s relationship during a difficult time in their marriage from the perspectives of the restaurant owner husband and of the wife, who goes back to college.  Presumably, “His” will be from Edgerton’s perspective and “Hers” will be from Chastain’s.  Ned Benson‘s two scripts sound like an intriguing premise, and it doesn’t hurt having Edgerton and Chastain as your leads.  William Hurt is in talks to join the cast.

Variety adds that the films will be stand-alone, so it’s not like one is the sequel to the other.  Having them released at the same time and available to view in either order is an exciting prospect.  Myriad Pictures plans to shop the project around the Berlin Film Festival next week.  Hit the jump for the press release and a quick refresher on Edgerton and Chastain’s upcoming projects.

Edgerton and Chastain are already set to co-star in Kathryn Bigelow‘s untitled “Hunt for Osama Bin Laden” picture.  Edgerton previously passed through Sundance in the indie Wish You Were Here, and he’ll be seen later this year in the family flick The Odd Life of Timothy Green and Baz Luhrmann‘s adaptation of The Great Gatsby.

Chastain’s coming off a recent Best Supporting Actress Oscar-nomination (the general consensus is that she deserved it, but for The Tree of Life and not The Help), and after starring in every other film in 2011, she’s got multiple films lined up for 2012.  In addition to Bigelow’s picture, Chastain is also in the horror film Mama, John Hillcoat‘s The Wettest County, and an untitled feature from Terrence Malick.

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Here’s the press release:

February 2, 2012 – Santa Monica…. Academy Award®-nominee Jessica Chastain (The Help, The Tree of Life) and Joel Edgerton (Warrior, Wish You Were Here) have signed on to star in a double-feature film project for Myriad Pictures: The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: His and The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Hers.

The love story explores a New York City couple’s relationship during a difficult time in their marriage, from the different perspective of the husband, (Edgerton), a restaurant owner, and of the wife (Chastain), who goes back to college. Academy Award® ‐ winner and 5-time nominee William Hurt (The Kiss of the Spider Woman, Syriana) is in discussion to join the cast.

Ned Benson (In Defiance of Gravity) wrote the two scripts and will direct both films. Cassandra Kulukundis (A Late Quartet, In Defiance of Gravity) is producing. Kulukundis is also Casting Director (There Will Be Blood, Shattered Glass).

Kirk D’Amico, CEO of Myriad Pictures, is excited to be bringing the project to Berlin next week. “Ned has created rich and engaging characters. They are complex, and it is unique to have two different scripts to tell the story. It doesn’t matter which script you read first, you absolutely want to read the other perspective.”

The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby also represents an alternate approach to content, which D’Amico feels is relevant with the changing distribution models. “It is possible to consider making films in a completely different way than the single production method one film at a time. We’re intrigued also to work with our distributors to discover what kind of releasing and promotional options may arise.”

But both films will be stand-alone movies. D’Amico added, “We have to make both films work on their own, both for the buyers but also for the audiences. Together these films will describe a fully, more complete look at these characters and their lives.”

The deal for Myriad was negotiated by Senior Vice President of Business Affairs David Ducar and Director of Acquisitions and Production Ari Haas, and Alan Grodin for the producers.

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