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Casting Watch - 'Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby': Huppert, Hurt, Davis & Arianda Join Chastain & McAvoy

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood July 16, 2012 at 3:47PM

“The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby," which will be told in two films from "His" and "Hers" perspectives -- those of husband and wife James McAvoy and Jessica Chastain -- has rounded out its casting with Isabelle Huppert, Viola Davis, William Hurt, Nina Arianda, Ciaran Hinds, Bill Hader and Jess Weixler...
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“The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby," which will be told in two films from "His" and "Hers" perspectives -- those of husband and wife James McAvoy and Jessica Chastain -- has rounded out its casting with Isabelle Huppert, Viola Davis, William Hurt, Nina Arianda, Ciaran Hinds, Bill Hader and Jess Weixler.

Ned Benson ("In Defiance of Gravity") wrote the two scripts and will direct both films, which will stand on their own. Each explores half of a whole story. McAvoy will play a restaurant owner whose marriage begins unraveling when his wife (Chastain) returns to college, resulting in a shattering emotional rift between them.

Chastain and Davis were fixtures on the Awards circuit last year (both for "The Help," Chastain also had "The Tree of Life"), while McAvoy ("Atonement," "Last King of Scotland," "Wanted") held his own as Charles Xavier in "X-Men: First Class," across from scene-stealing Michael Fassbender. Hurt's been busy, playing Hank Paulson in HBO's "Too Big to Fail" along with such indie and supporting roles as "The Yellow Handkerchief," "Late Bloomers" and "Robin Hood."

Huppert ("The Piano Teacher," "White Material"), one of France's finest exports, appeared in two of this year's Cannes-premiering films, Michael Haneke's "Amour" and Hong Sang-soo's "In Another Country," from South Korea. And theater star Arianda, who will play Chastain and McAvoy's therapist, also recently snagged the lead in the Janis Joplin biopic, "Janis."

The Myriad Pictures production is currently filming.

This article is related to: CASTING WATCH, News, Jessica Chastain, Viola Davis, James McAvoy, Drama


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.