While there’s been a lot of talk around Amy Adams (for Nocturnal Animals and Arrival), Emma Stone (La La Land), and Natalie Portman (Jackie), thanks to film festival screenings, one performance lost in the conversation is Jessica Chastain in Miss Sloane. The film reunites her with director John Madden after 2010’s The Debt, and the first footage has finally arrived in the Miss Sloane trailer.
premiered the sneak peek, which sees Chastain as Elizabeth Sloane, a lobbyist who risked her career by attacking the gun lobby in an attempt to pass gun control legislation. This is America, so obviously gun control is a touchy point of debate. But regardless of what stance you take on the issue, anyone who knows anything about politics knows how much power forces like the NRA wield in this country. So this is already going to be a heated, uphill battle for Miss Sloane.
The trailer, in turn, is striking. It takes the first scene from the film itself — a close-up shot of Sloane speaking into the camera — and intersperses clips from her career victories and then the all out war she wages against gun lobbyists that will surely be dirty.
Watch the trailer below:
Madden also dished on working with Chastain again with EW, as well as the fact that a woman is at the center of this story. “The central character might be familiar to audiences had that person been a man,” he said. “In this case, it’s a woman and the movie is totally framed around that character. She is the engine of the movie.”
Chastain is one of those incredible talents that for one reason or another has never actually won an Oscar. She was nominated twice for The Help and Zero Dark Thirty, and she didn’t receive any these past couple years, even though her name seemed to be everywhere from Crimson Peak to A Most Violent Year to The Martian. It’s not to say she won’t earn any recognition this year, just that press screenings haven’t begun for Miss Sloane so buzz has been virtually nonexistent. We’ll see how this film enters the awards conversation, if at all, when it debuts December 9th.