By Ryan Lattanzio | Thompson on Hollywood April 23, 2014 at 1:28PM
Two-time Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain has a most busy year coming up. This fall, we'll see her in Christopher Nolan's ambitious sci-fi "Interstellar" (November 7) and, hopefully on the festival circuit at least, in director Liv Ullman's Strindberg adaptation "Miss Julie." Also in post-production is director JC Chandor's "A Most Violent Year," a gritty urban thriller set in the '80s and starring Chastain, Oscar Isaac and Albert Brooks, from A24.
What's more? "Killing Them Softly" director Andrew Dominik has found his Marilyn Monroe. Chastain will play her in Dominik's "Blonde," adapted from Joyce Carol Oates' tome about Monroe's first life as Norma Jeane Baker. Brad Pitt's Plan B will produce, and Dominik has adapted the screenplay himself. The script is said to be locked, but the film is still without a start date.
Currently, Chastain is in the midst of filming auteur Guillermo del Toro's domestic horror film "Crimson Peak," opposite Tom Hiddleston, Charlie Hunnam and Mia Wasikowska (dream cast? Yes please). As seen in last year's underrated "Mama," Chastain does well in horror and in spite of her awards prestige -- from buzzy roles in "The Help" to "Zero Dark Thirty" -- isn't afraid to flex her genre-film muscles. We won't see "Crimson" until Fall 2015 at the earliest.
Ever the workhorse, Chastain, who's 37, is locked for two other films now in pre-production: the currently directorless "The Zookeeper's Wife," about a family's noble efforts during WWII, and Thaddeus O'Sullivan's "The Secret Scripture," opposite Vanessa Redgrave's deteriorating mental patient. We loved watching her unravel in Jeff Nichols' 2011 "Take Shelter"; surely, she'll nail it again.
Hitting la Croisette this May is her Toronto hit romance "Eleanor Rigby," from writer/director Ned Benson and costarring James McAvoy. The ambitious, two-part film, which played TIFF last Fall as a work-in-progress, chronicles the ups and downs of a romance. A new, two-hour cut will debut in Cannes' Un Certain Regard sidebar.
While we eagerly await her burgeoning slate, check out a first look at "A Most Violent Year" here.