Jessica Chastain had an incredibly busy 2011, appearing in (among many other movies) the spy thriller The Debt and the dramas The Tree of Life and The Help, which earned her an Academy Award nomination. This year seems to be no different. Chastain turned down a role in the upcoming sequel Iron Man 3, citing — what else? — schedule conflicts as the reason on her Facebook page.
In a recent interview with Total Film (via Comic Book Movie), Chastain reiterated her desire to be in a Marvel movie at some point and revealed that her involvement in Iron Man 3 went as far as her meeting with the director about the role eventually filled by Rebecca Hall (The Town). read chastain's comments >> Posted 06.15.12 by Ryan
With Iron Man 3 set to start shooting soon, the cast additions to the third installment had some exciting newcomers in Ben Kingsley as a mysterious villain and Guy Pearce as geneticist Aldrich Killian. Most recently, Jessica Chastain was offered (for the second time) a role as a "sexy scientist." Looks like Chastain has had to decline again, as indicated by a message on the actress' Facebook page (via Super Hero Hype).
more about Iron Man 3 >> Posted 05.08.12 by Ryan
Sorry to say that Iron Man 3 isn't going to work out. My schedule is jammed packed and I can't fit anything else in. The press announced my possible attachment far too soon. I know many of you wanted me to be involved, and I'm so sorry to disappoint you. Hopefully there'll be another Marvel film in my future. [Director and co-writer] Shane Black and everyone on the IM3 team are really wonderful. I'm very excited to see the film when it comes out. xx
After initially being forced to decline a leading role in Iron Man 3 because of other commitments — primarily the as-yet-untitled "hunt for Osama bin Laden" movie from Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker) — it appears as if Jessica Chastain's (The Help) schedule has cleared up enough that she is once again in talks with Marvel Studios for the part. Other actresses who have read for the role of a "sexy scientist every bit as smart" as Robert Downey Jr.'s Tony Stark include Isla Fisher, Diane Kruger, and Gemma Arterton. However, Deadline seems to indicate that the part is Chastain's for the taking. more about Iron Man 3 >> Posted 04.24.12 by BrentJS
With every awards show, there are a few trends that stand out and a few stars who rock similar looks. We decided to put some of the nights most memorable looks head to head to see who made a look memorable, and who was just wearing some clothes.
Though many celebs took the night to wear some decidedly springtime fabrics and colors, others kept in mind that it is still actually February and went for a wintry look. Angelina Jolie and the record-breaking Christopher Plummer both looked cozy while wearing velvet, but who wore it best? While Ms. Jolie is turning up on plenty of best dressed lists for her Atelier Versace gown, we think Christoper Plummer looked positively regal and dashing in his velvet tux, and he didn't even need to flash any skin. So the 82-year-old award winner takes home the prize for Best in Velvet, too. Who's a winner? >> Posted 02.27.12 by Mandy
It hasn't been a year since Osama bin Laden's death, but director Kathryn Bigelow is working on a project based on the death of the infamous Al-Qaeda leader, and has Jessica Chastain as one of the front runners for a co-starring role. Entertainment Weekly reports that while nothing is set in stone (let alone confirmed or denied), Sony representatives, Kathryn Bigelow, and screenwriter Mark Boal are all refusing to comment on the details regarding the movie. This may be because without even having a complete cast in order, the movie faces a pressing predicament. The Pentagon’s inspector general issued an investigation to find whether the Defense Department gave unwarranted information about the raid to outside sources — aka filmmakers — and this may just be the beginning of their difficulties. All things considered, the serious content the movie will be facing will require a great amount of research and pre-production coaching for actors. So maybe keeping details under wraps seems is their best bet. more on the bin Laden movie >> Posted 01.06.12 by reelz
This morning the Screen Actor's Guild announced its nominations for outstanding performances in five movie and eight primetime television categories. The Help led the movie category with four nominations, including outstanding performance by a female actor in a lead role (Viola Davis), two nods for female actor in a supporting role (Jessica Chastain and Octavia Spencer), and outstanding ensemble cast. The Artist was the next most recognized movie, with three nominations.
On the TV side, Greg Kinnear is up for outstanding performance by a male actor in a leading role for his portrayal of JFK in The Kennedys. The other nominees in his category are Laurence Fishburne (Thurgood), Paul Giamatti (Too Big to Fail), Guy Pearce (Mildred Pierce), and James Woods (Too Big to Fail). see the full list of SAG nominees >> Posted 12.14.11 by reelz
To celebrate the great cinematic performers of 2011, The New York Times has put together a spectacular video gallery called "Touch of Evil" that features thirteen of this year's hottest actors and actresses portraying thirteen iconic "Vamps, Crooks and Killers" from throughout cinema history. see the images and watch the videos >> Posted 12.08.11 by BrentJS
Jessica Chastain has starred in a variety of movies already this year from the spy thriller, The Debt, to the heavy drama of The Tree of Life, just to name a few (there were five others just this year). In September, Chastain forged ahead with yet another role, landing one of the two leading female roles in the upcoming sci-fi epic Horizons, opposite Tom Cruise. She could also end up playing the late Princess Diana in an upcoming biopic as well.
Thompson on Hollywood reports that one of the projects that might move forward after being announced at the American Film Market is Caught in Flight, which would see Chastain as Diana in a story described as "love story between a princess locked in a tower and an ordinary man". The story is based on the secret love affair between Diana and heart surgeon Dr. Hasnat Kahn and reportedly portrays Diana as a "damaged person who stalks the doctor after he ends the affair".
The script for Caught in Flight was written by Stephen Jeffreys (The Libertine) with German director Oliver Hirschbiegel (Five Minutes of Heaven). Should everything move forward, production begins in the spring of next year. Rufus sewell starts a war in Paradise Lost; Miley Cyrus is Dracula's daughter >> Posted 11.08.11 by Ryan
Jessica Chastain is on fire. In just 2011 alone, she has starred in or will yet star in seven (!) features, sharing screen time with the likes of Al Pacino (Wilde Salmoe), Sam Worthington (The Debt), Brad Pitt (The Tree of Life) and Ralph Fiennes (Coriolanus), and she's already completed work on two other movie that are in post-production. Now, Variety has reported that Chastain has landed one of the two leading female roles opposite Tom Cruise in Horizons (formerly Oblivion), a new sci-fi epic from the mind of Joseph Kosinski, director of last year's Tron: Legacy. more about Horizons >> Posted 09.27.11 by BrentJS
Director John Madden's thriller The Debt opens today, but Focus Features is offering a few last glimpses to inspire a trip to the theater.
A remake of the 2007 Israeli thriller HaHov, The Debt takes place in two decades. One half of the movie is set in the present day, following retired Mossad secret agents Rachel (Academy Award–winner Helen Mirren) and Stefan (two-time Academy Award nominee Tom Wilkinson) as they learn some disturbing news about their former Nazi-hunting colleague David (Ciarán Hinds). The other half of the movie takes place in the 1960s, showing a young Rachel (Jessica Chastain) trains with David (Sam Worthington) and Stefan (Marton Csokas) and hunts Nazi Dieter Vogel (Jesper Christensen), "The Surgeon of Birkenau." Believing Vogel dead, the story unfolds once the war criminal surfaces 35 years later, as both decades reveal more about what really happened.
The cast of The Debt have been making the press rounds, with Chastain recently telling Collider about her training for the role, which meant learning the Israeli self-defense system Krav Maga. watch the clips and read more from the cast >> Posted 08.31.11 by Ryan