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'A Most Violent Year' sets release date, joins Oscar race

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A Most Violent Year, director J.C. Chandor’s film about a successful New York businessman whose quest for the American Dream is punctured by the gritty realities of 1981 New York, will open Dec. 31 and qualify for this year’s Oscar’s races.

Oscar Isaac plays Abel, the idealistic and well-intentioned gas businessman whose growing profits bump up against the New York underworld. His wife, Anna (Jessica Chastain), has some family connections who might be able to lend him some muscle. Albert Brooks also stars.

The film, distributed by A24, will expand nationally in January. It’s Chandor’s third film, following Margin Call and last year’s All Is Lost. READ FULL STORY

Casting Net: Jessica Chastain and Kristen Wiig in early discussions for 'The Martian'

• Jessica Chastain is in early discussions for The Martian. She would play the female lead opposite Matt Damon in Fox’s sci-fi film, which Ridley Scott is directing. Based on the e-book by Andy Weir, the film follows an astronaut who gets stranded on Mars and must fight to survive and make his way home. Simon Kinberg originally brought the book to Scott, and will produce alongside Aditya Sood through Kinberg’s Genre Films Banner. Fox’s Steve Asbell will oversee the film for the studio. [Variety]

[Note: Deadline and THR reported that Kristen Wiig is also in early talks for a lead female role in the film.]

• Johnny Knoxville will star alongside Jackie Chan and Fan Bingbing in Skiptrace, which Renny Harlin is directing. Knoxville is replacing Seann William Scott. The film, which just began shooting in China, follows a Hong Kong detective (Chan) who pairs with an American gambler (Knoxville) to save his niece and take out the city’s biggest criminal. Chan, Brian Gatewood, Esmond Ren, Damien Saccani, and Charlie Coker will produce. Jay Longino, Gatewood & Alessandro Tanaka, Geoff Moore & David Posamentier, and BenDavid Grabinski were involved in the script, which Rodney Rothman is polishing. Dasym Entertainment and Talent Internation Film are co-financing and co-producing. The film was approved as a co-production by China’s State Administration of Radio, Film, and Television (SARFT). [Deadline]

• Julie Engelbrecht has signed on for the Breck Eisner-directed The Last Witch Hunter, joining Vin Diesel, Michael Cane, Elijah Wood, and Rose Leslie. The German actress will make her American film debut in the Lionsgate/Summit film. The film follows an immortal witch hunter (Diesel) who must team with a witch to stop the covens of New York City from releasing a plague on humanity. Engelbrecht will play the evil Witch Queen. Burk Sharpless and Matt Sazama wrote the script, based on a pitch by Cory Goodman; D.W. Harper and Melisa Wallack worked on the script as well. Mark Canton, Bernie Goldmann, and Diesel will produce. One Race’s Samantha Vincent and Adam Goldworm will executive produce. Summit will manage the film’s North American release. [Deadline]

• Missi Pyle has signed on for Director’s Cut, a dark satire directed by Adam Rifkin. Pyle will play herself in the story about a psycho superfan, played by Penn Jillette. The fan wins a walk-on role for Pyle’s most recent film through a crowdfunding site, and later kidnaps her, forcing her to re-shoot the film in his dungeon studio. Interestingly, the film is a crowdfunded project itself, which Neil Patrick Harris, Ben Stiller, and Joan Rivers, among others, contributed to. In total, it raised $1,164,928 with 4,736 donors through FundMe. Jillette, Rifkin, and Penn & Teller manager/producer Peter Adam Golden are producing the film, which is currently shooting in LA. [Deadline]

• Douglas Booth has joined Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, whose source material comes from Seth Grahame-Smith’s parody novel of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. The British actor will play Bingley. L, friend to Mr. Darcy, in the story of heroine Elizabeth Bennet who encounters the undead in Regency-Era England. Lily James, Sam Riley, Bella Heathcote, and Jack Huston also star in the film. Brian Oliver, Allison Shearmur, Sean McKittrick, Natalie Portman, Annette Savitch, Tyler Thomson, and Marc Butan will produce. Additionally, Sierra/Affinity is producing with Cross Creek Pictures who will manage foreign sales. [Deadline]

'Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby' trailer shows the many sides of James McAvoy, Jessica Chastain's rocky romance -- VIDEO

Love is complicated. There are different sides to every story, unexplainable whims, emotions, and a million tiny little decisions that can shove the trajectory of the relationship down nearly any path. We don’t need the movies to tell us that, but it never hurts to be reminded of the ineffable truth.

But there’s an inherent problem with tales of love and breakups: Who gets to be hero? Choosing a point of view is generally choosing the protagonist when it comes to documenting relationships on film, and how is that fair? Maybe Summer was a decent girl after all.

In The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby, starring James McAvoy and Jessica Chastain as a couple in and out of love, writer-director Ned Benson tries to subvert that. Originally conceived as two films, subtitled Her and Him, which both premiered at the Toronto Film Festival and tells the same story from both sides of a relationship, Benson then combined his features into one film, Them, for the Cannes premiere.

Check out the first trailer for Them after the jump. READ FULL STORY

Casting Net: Michael Fassbender eyes 'The Light Between Oceans'; Plus, Jessica Chastain, more

• Michael Fassbender (12 Years a Slave) is in talks to star in the Derek Cianfrance-directed adaptation of M.L. Stedman‘s 2012 novel The Light Between Oceans. The story follows a lighthouse keeper and his wife, who discover an infant and a dead body in a rowboat and decide to raise the child as their own in post-World War I Australia. Fassbender can be seen next in X-Men: Days of Future Past (out May 23). [THR] READ FULL STORY

Jessica Chastain and Oscar Isaac in 'A Most Violent Year' -- FIRST LOOK

Director J.C. Chandor turns back the clock to 1981, one of the deadliest years in New York City history, for A Most Violent Year, an action-packed drama (due this fall) about surviving the American dream. Oscar Isaac plays Abel, a principled gas businessman whose growing profits bump up against the New York underworld. His wife, Anna (Jessica Chastain), has some Brooklyn connections who might be able to lend some muscle when rivals start hijacking their gas trucks. “Her father and brother are well-connected on the wrong side of the law and Abel is not,” says Chastain. “There are certain things he won’t do, [so] she thinks maybe she has to. Like, maybe I have to be the man, too.” READ FULL STORY

Casting Net: Jessica Chastian rumored to star as Marilyn Monroe in 'Blonde'; Plus, Rachel Weisz, Toni Collette, more

Academy Award nominee Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty) is nearing a deal to play Marilyn Monroe in the upcoming film Blonde. Helmed by Killing Them Softly director Andrew Dominik and produced by Brad Pitt‘s Plan B, Blonde is based on the novel by Joyce Carol Oates which reimagines the life of Norma Jeane Baker, the woman who would later go on to become Marilyn Monroe. When EW reached out for comment, Chastian’s agent would not confirm her involvement in the upcoming film. [The Wrap] READ FULL STORY

Casting Net: Jessica Chastain in talks for 'A Most Violent Year'; Plus, Linda Cardellini, Anna Kendrick

• Jessica Chastain is eyeing the starring role in J.C. Chandor’s new film A Most Violent Year. Chastain would play opposite Javier Bardem in the film. [Variety]

• Christopher Nolan‘s Interstellar has rounded out its cast nicely today with the addition of John Lithgow, Ellen Burstyn, and Mackenzie Foy (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2). Sources close to the project told The Wrap that the actors were in talks to join the project — a story about explorers who travel through a wormhole into a different dimension. Already attached to the star-studded film are Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Casey Affleck, and Michael Caine. [The Wrap]
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Casting Net: Jessica Chastain in talks to join Christopher Nolan's 'Interstellar', more

Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty) is reportedly in talks to join Christopher Nolan’s (The Dark Knight Rises) time-travel epic, Interstellar. She’d be joining a cast that currently includes Oscar-winner Anne Hathaway and Matthew McConaughey. Since she’s started getting more significant roles, Chastain has never really ventured into pure science fiction territory (we’re not counting Take Shelter). She famously dropped out of Oblivion when offered the Zero Dark Thirty role, so we’re excited for her to take on a new kind of film. The two-time Oscar nominee (The Help, Zero Dark Thirty) is currently filming Liv Ullmann’s adaptation of Miss Julie and will soon start work on Guillermo del Toro’s Crimson Peak [Deadline]

• Ethan Hawke (Before Sunset) has signed on to join Neil LaBute’s (Possession) thriller The Geography of Hope. The film will tell the story of two crooks (Hawke and Ed Harris) in the 1970s who are hiding out in Baja after messing up a job. They find two women to keep them interested while they’re in hiding, but eventually things get complicated. Vera Farmiga (Bates Motel) and Emmanuelle Devos (Coco Before Chanel) star as the women. [Screen Daily]

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Casting Net: Jessica Chastain for 'Crimson Peak'; Plus, Bradley Cooper to replace Jude Law in Natalie Portman pic, more

• Guillermo del Toro is assembling quite the A-List cast for his gothic horror film Crimson Peak. Yesterday, we learned that Benedict Cumberbatch (Star Trek Into Darkness) had joined the cast, and news broke today that two-time Oscar-nominee Jessica Chastain is in final negotiations to star in the film. Del Toro produced Mama, which starred Chastain, but has never directed the Zero Dark Thirty star before. The project is the midst of a script re-write with Del Toro and Lucinda Coxon (The Heart of Me). Matthew Robbins (The Sugarland Express) wrote the original draft with Del Toro. [Variety]

• The trouble-plagued production for Jane Got a Gun may have finally gotten some good news. It looks like Oscar-nominee Bradley Cooper is set to take over for Jude Law, who left the project late last month, as did director Lynne Ramsay. Warrior director Gavin O’Connor has since taken over, and they’ve continued shooting what they can with Natalie Portman and Joel Edgerton. [Deadline]

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Ben Affleck, Jennifer Lawrence, Jessica Chastain to grace Oscar stage

The Oscar list of star-studded presenters continues to grow with the addition of nominees Jessica Chastain and Jennifer Lawrence — who are not fighting with each other, mind you — and Argo‘s Ben Affleck.

Affleck received an Oscar in 1997 for his work co-writing Good Will Hunting. Chastain was nominated last year for her supporting role in The Help, and Lawrence was nominated in 2010 for her leading role in Winter’s Bone. This year, Chastain and Lawrence are rivals in the Best Actress category, while Affleck’s film is the current frontrunner for Best Picture.

The Academy Awards will air on ABC on Feb. 24.

Read more:
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Oscars 2013: The few, the proud, the redheaded
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