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James McAvoy, Jessica Chastain in Double Feature: 'The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby'

Thompson on Hollywood By Maggie Lange | Thompson on Hollywood May 21, 2012 at 9:57PM

James McAvoy is replacing Joel Edgerton (who was attached in February) to star with Jessica Chastain in the double-feature film project, "The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him" and "The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Her"...
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Chastain, McAvoy

James McAvoy is replacing Joel Edgerton (who was attached in February) to star with Jessica Chastain in the double-feature film project, "The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him" and "The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Her."

Ned Benson ("In Defiance of Gravity") wrote the two scripts and will direct both films.  Although the two films will stand on their own, they explore the two halves of a whole story, from His and Her perspectives. McAvoy will play a restaurant owner whose marriage begins to struggle as his wife returns to college, resulting in a shattering emotional rift that divides them. We last saw the "Atonement" Golden Globe nominee in "X-Men: First Class." Chastain was nominated for an Academy Award for 2011's "The Help" after a busy breakout year; her schedule is now so busy that she had to turn down a leading role in "Iron Man 3."

Myriad Pictures is pre-selling the title in Cannes this week, where the concept piece intrigued buyers at the European Film Market.

This article is related to: James McAvoy, Jessica Chastain, Cannes Film Festival, Festivals, CASTING WATCH, In The Works


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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.