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Latest Cast Member in Guillermo del Toro CRIMSON PEAK: Jessica Chastain

Jessica ChastainJessica Chastain to join Guillermo del Toro haunted-house movie Crimson Peak

Jessica Chastain, two-time Academy Award nominee and all-around peripatetic actress (something like 328 movies in the last three years), is in "final negotiations" to join the ever-larger cast of Guillermo del Toro’s haunted-house thriller Crimson Peak. If all goes well, Chastain will be seen alongside The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug / Star Trek Into DarknessBenedict Cumberbatch, Pacific Rim / Queer as Folk’s Charlie Hunnam, and Chastain’s The Help co-star Emma Stone. Of course, in case all those names do indeed end up in the film.

According to Justin Kroll’s Variety report on Jessica Chastain’s Crimson Peak casting, the plot details of the Legendary Pictures production (possibly to be distributed by Universal) remain a mystery. Could it be Robert Wise’s The Haunting meets Jack Clayton’s The Innocents? Juan Antonio Bayona’s The Orphanage meets Paranormal Activity 1, 2, 3, and/or 4? John Hough’s Legend of Hell House meets James Whale’s The Old Dark House, which wasn’t really haunted but might as well have been? Who the devil knows?

As per the report, del Toro and Lucinda Coxon (Wild Target) are currently rewriting the original screenplay (will that end up with an "original story" credit?) by del Toro and Matthew Robbins (Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, Dragonslayer).

Jessica Chastain movies

Jessica Chastain, who turned 36 last March 24, has been quite busy in the last few years. Among Chastain’s 15 movies since 2008 are John Madden’s The Debt, with Sam Worthington and Helen Mirren; Ralph FiennesCoriolanus, with Fiennes and Gerard Butler; Al Pacino’s Wild Salome, with Pacino; and Tate Taylor’s The Help, with Emma Stone and Bryce Dallas Howard.

Also: Terrence Malick’s Cannes Film Festival Palme d’Or winner The Tree of Life, with Brad Pitt and Sean Penn; John Hillcoat’s Lawless, with Shia LaBeouf and Tom Hardy; Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty, with Jason Clarke and Joel Edgerton; and Andrés Muschietti’s Mama, with Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, and executive-produced by Guillermo del Toro. (See also: “Jessica Chastain, Ang Lee chat.”)

Besides the potential Crimson Peak, upcoming Chastain releases are Ned Benson’s combo The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: His and The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Hers, a sort of Ingmar Bergman’s Scenes from a Marriage meets Christine Edzard’s Little Dorrit meets Waris Hussein’s 1973 television movie Divorce His - Divorce Hers (Richard Burton was “his”; Elizabeth Taylor was “hers”): a heterosexual couple’s marriage as seen through the eyes of each spouse. In the The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby cast: James McAvoy, Ciarán Hinds, William Hurt, Viola Davis, Isabelle Huppert, and Bill Hader.

Jessica Chastain’s two Oscar nominations were for The Help (as Best Supporting Actress) and for Zero Dark Thirty (as Best Actress). The winners were, respectively, Octavia Spencer, also for The Help, and Jennifer Lawrence for Silver Linings Playbook. Chastain did, however, win a Best Actress - Drama Golden Globe for Zero Dark Thirty, and won what seemed like hundreds of North American critics awards for her multifarious performances in 2011. (See also: Jessica Chastain with Amanda Seyfried.)

Next in line for Jessica Chastain are Liv Ullmann’s film version of August Strindberg’s Miss Julie, to co-star Colin Farrell, and possibly, David Yates’ Tarzan, (also possibly) featuring Alexander Skarsgård in the title role. Additionally, the IMDb lists American Darling, an adaptation of a Russell Banks novel to be directed by Denis Villeneuve, as another possibility.

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