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Jessica Chastain Rumored to Join Javier Bardem in A Most Violent Year

July 17, 2013  |  11:45am
Jessica Chastain Rumored to Join Javier Bardem in <i>A Most Violent Year</i>

It’s easy to forget that just two years ago, Jessica Chastain wasn’t a big name in Hollywood. Then 2011 brought the actress lead roles in a string of acclaimed films, including The Tree of Life, Take Shelter, The Help and The Debt. Paste was so impressed, we named her our 2011 Person of the Year for Narrative Film. Then she continued the following year with the Oscar-nominated Zero Dark Thirty and got her first Best Actress nomination.

Now, her name is just about everywhere in Hollywood, including next to Javier Bardem’s in an upcoming drama called A Most Violent Year.

CinemaBlend reports that Chastain has signed on to star next to the Academy Award-winning actor in director J.C. Chandor’s upcoming film about…well, we don’t really know much else.

As the website points out, little information has been released about A Most Violent Year other than a short synopsis that appeared on an unofficial fansite. We do know that Chandor, the man behind 2011’s Margin Call and this year’s All Is Lost (which stars Robert Redford), will both write and direct the film, and, according to the fan site, it’s expected to begin production in Manhattan next month.

However, that schedule poses an obvious problem. In the same article, CinemaBlend reports that Chastain is set to begin filming Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi blockbuster Interstellar next month in Canada alongside Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Michael Caine, Casey Affleck and Ellen Burstyn. Following that, she’s expected to begin production on Guillermo del Toro gothic horror film Crimson Peak early next year, and she’s also scheduled to appear in The Zookeeper’s Wife sometime in the near future.

It’s unclear when Chastain will squeeze in time for A Most Violent Year, but she can be seen later this year in The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby, which will be released as two films from a “His” and “Hers” perspective. It is scheduled to hit theaters on Sept. 13.

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