While we’re still waiting on that one great video game movie (looking at you, Assassin’s Creed), one such adaptation in the works is certainly bolstering its roster with prestige talent. Ubisoft is putting together a feature film adaptation of The Division, which it began by enlisting Jake Gyllenhaal to star and produce, and now another Oscar nominee may be joining the cast. Per THR, Jessica Chastain is in talks to co-star opposite Gyllenhaal in the adaptation, which is based on Ubisoft’s fastest-selling game in history.
Tom Clancy’s The Division was released on game consoles back in March and quickly became Ubisoft’s best-selling game ever, generating an estimated $330 million globally in just the first week of release. The game is set in New York City during the aftermath of a smallpox pandemic, and the player portrays an agent of the Strategic Homeland Division who is tasked with helping to rebuild the Division’s operations in a near-deserted and crime-riddled Manhattan, investigating the nature of the outbreak and combatting a bevy of criminals along the way.
Having played the game I can attest that it’s quite fun, although I’m not entirely sure where the unique story is. But given that the project has attracted such talent, one imagines the pitch they have in store is a doozy—perhaps Contagion filmmaker Steven Soderbergh might want to dive back into the world of outbreak thrillers?
Two-time Oscar nominee Chastain is coming off a productive 2015 that saw her working with Ridley Scott (The Martian) and Guillermo del Toro (Crimson Peak), and while this year’s The Huntsman: Winter’s War was a bust, she’s got a number of exciting projects on deck. She leads the gun lobby drama Miss Sloane, opening this December, which could certainly be a serious Oscar contender, and she also stars in the bestseller adaptation The Zookeeper’s Wife, which opens next March.
Next up on Chastain’s docket is the starring role in Aaron Sorkin’s directorial debut Molly’s Game, and while The Division may be a ways off given that it doesn’t yet have a screenwriter or director attached, it’s certainly a promising project. Ubisoft is working to assemble the behind-the-scenes team before going out to studios, which is what they did with Michael Fassbender on Assassin’s Creed, so hopefully we heard word regarding a director and/or screenwriter soon.