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After landing the role of Marilyn Monroe in Andrew Dominik's Blonde, it looks like Jessica Chastain might head into blockbuster action territory after that. If a rumor from Schmoes Know is accurate (and they've been on the money lately with certain reports), then Chastain is currently being sought for the female lead in Mission: Impossible 5 the next sequel of the Tom Cruise led action franchise at Paramount Pictures which is already slated for release on Christmas Day next year. That likely means that Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol female lead Paula Patton won't be back, but the series has never reused any females from the previous films, making Ethan Hunt a less sexually driven James Bond of sorts. Chastain previously almost worked with Cruise on Oblivion before she was replaced with Olga Kurylenko, so it sounds like the two are eager to work together. We'll likely get more »
- Ethan Anderton
Filmmaker Andrew Dominik’s long-in-the-making attempt to turn Joyce Carol Oates’ Pulitzer Prize finalist “Blonde,” a loose (and beloved) 700-page take on the life of Marilyn Monroe, into a feature film has steadily become a prime candidate for inclusion on listicles that chart great-sounding films that never happened. It’s like Dune! Or The Man Who Killed Don Quixote! But it could still totally happen! But the news that Dominik’s feature has snagged a new leading lady to play the Monroe part, despite the long-time attachment of another famous blonde and little public indication that he needed a fresh face, seems to indicate that this thing might actually happen after all. The Wrap shares that Dominik’s film has now cast Jessica Chastain as Monroe, with an eye to start filming in August. As much as we really want to see this film – a true passion project for Dominik, as »
- Kate Erbland
It was recently reported that Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty) is close to signing a deal to play Marilyn Monroe in Andrew Dominik's "Blonde." And now comes word that Paramount Pictures is considering the actress to star opposite Tom Cruise in "Mission: Impossible 5." At this point, the news is just a rumor. But according to SchmoesKnow, Chastain will play the lead female role, which is Tom Cruise's right hand woman. There aren't a lot of details, but it sounds like she'll be a fellow agent. "Mission: Impossible 5" will be directed by Christopher McQuarrie (Jack Reacher) from a script by Drew Pearce (Iron Man 3). It's set to hit theaters on December 25th, 2015. »
There is no word on Chastain's potential role in the film yet.
The movie will open on December 25, 2015 in the Us. A UK release is yet to be confirmed. »
Yes, you’ve read the headline correctly. There is yet another film on the horizon based around Hollywood starlet of the 1950′s Marilyn Monroe. After we have already seen the 2011 film My Week With Marilyn and the 2012 documentary Love, Marilyn (among many others), one would assume that Hollywood that would get bored of films based on the ill-fated icon. However that is not the case, and so Brad Pitt will be producing a new ‘re-imagined’ film chronicling the life and stardom of Marilyn Monroe titled Blonde.
Blonde is based on the novel of the same by Joyce Carol Oates, which is said to re-interpret Monroe by focussing on the ‘poetic and spiritual life of Norma Jeane Baker — the child, the woman and the fated-celebrity better known by her studio name of Marilyn Monroe’. Jessica Chastain has reportedly been persuaded to star in the film by Pitt after initial hesitations, in »
- Ben Read
So, let's start with the caveats. This is a rumor, and it's coming from the folks at Schmoes Know, who in the last little while have been okay with their track record concerning this kind of stuff. That said, this could still totally be off base and wrong, but it's intriguing enough to consider. According to the site, Jessica Chastain is being sought for a starring role in "Mission: Impossible 5" with Tom Cruise, and has received an offer. It's not known what the role would be, but it wouldn't be the first time these two have tried to work together. You might have forgotten but Chastain was originally attached to "Oblivion," but scheduling forced her drop out, and she was replaced by Olga Kurylenko. And theoretically, Chastain would be able to fit this movie into her schedule. Though she just signed up for Andrew Dominik's "Blonde," that movie (last we heard anyway, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Hot off the news that Jessica Chastain will be playing Marilyn Monroe in Andrew Dominik’s Blonde, we’re now hearing that the much in-demand actress is wanted for Mission: Impossible 5. Though not confirmed, the report comes from Schmoes Know, who have a decent track record when it comes to scoops. According to them, the role is unspecified, but it would definitely be the female lead.
So far, we don’t know a whole lot about the next instalment in the successful action franchise. What’s been confirmed already is that Christopher McQuarrie is set to direct, and Drew Pearce will pen the script. Tom Cruise will of course be starring, and the actor will be producing alongside J.J. Abrams. Add Chastain into that line-up and you have a very impressive group of talent behind the film.
The Schmoes mention that they’d love to see Jessica Chastain play a fellow agent, »
- Matt Joseph
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, »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Michelle Williams was Oscar-nominated for her critically-acclaimed performance as Monroe in Simon Curtis's My Week with Marilyn (2011). The movie centered on Monroe's fraught relationship with her then co-star Laurence Olivier, played by Kenneth Branagh, during the production of The Prince and the Showgirl in Britain.
Reflecting upon the role, Williams said: "Gosh, sometimes I can't even believe I did it because the challenges were just...
"In a way, you had to remove the fact that she was an »
Back in 2010 we reported on a new movie about Marilyn Monroe called Blonde from director Andrew Dominik (The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford, Killing Them Softly) with Naomi Watts potentially playing the iconic actress. We haven't heard anything new on the project in a while, but it appears Dominik is trying to get it made again, because The Wrap is reporting Jessica Chastain is in final talks to play Marilyn Monroe in his planned film. Blonde won't »
- Jesse Giroux
The story takes biographical and historical sources to paint an intimate picture of the inner life of Norma Jeane Baker.
Dominik wrote the script for Blonde, which was first announced in 2010.
The director previously worked on Killing Them Softly and The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.
Photo gallery - Jessica Chastain's career in pictures: »
Jessica Chastain could be about to step into the shoes of a silver screen icon, with The Wrap reporting that she is in discussions to play Marilyn Monroe in a new biopic. According to the report, Chastain is nearing a deal to star in Blonde, Andrew Dominik’s adaptation of the Joyce Carole Oates biography of the same name. Naomi Watts had initially been attached to play Monroe, but recently departed the project, freeing things up for Chastain to step into the breach. Produced by Brad Pitt, Dominik claims this version of the...
- George Wales
Naomi Watts was previously attached to play Monroe in an earlier incarnation of the project back in 2010. Brad Pitt will produce and was reportedly instrumental in convincing Chastain to tackle the challenging role.
Production is expected to start in August.
Source: The Wrap »
- Garth Franklin
Andrew Dominik has been trying to make a film based on Joyce Carol Oates’ 2001 novel Blonde for more than four years now. It appears he’s close to making it happen, with The Wrap reporting that Jessica Chastain is figuring out a deal to play Marilyn Monroe.Oates’ tome used biographical and historical sources to spin a new story focusing on the inner life of Norma Jean Baker, the woman behind the screen idol and tragic starlet. The portrait emerges of a fragile, gifted young woman with a knack for reinvention, who used those skills to overcome great odds.The book was a finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award, and Dominik was so taken with it that he wrote the script adaptation on spec. After floating in limbo for a couple of years, it was snatched up by Brad Pitt’s Plan B, which will »
• 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]
- Pamela Gocobachi
The filmmaker has been developing the project for several years, writing the adaptation of Joyce Carol Oates' novel on spec, with Naomi Watts once attached to star back in 2010. The 700-page novel was first published in 2000, with the author drawing on historical and biographical sources to re-imagine the inner, poetic and spiritual life of this silver screen star, telling Norma Jeane Baker a.k.a. Marilyn Monroe's story in essentially her own voice, showing how she overcame the odds to achieve immense, global stardom in the 1950s. The book was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award in 2001, and it was also adapted into a 2001 TV mini-series starring Poppy Montgomery.
Brad Pitt, who starred »
I guess I wasn't paying close enough attention to realize Naomi Watts was no longer attached to star as Marilyn Monroe in Andrew Dominik's adaptation of Joyce Carol Oates' imaginary Marilyn Monroe memoir Blonde, but that's the case and today a replacement has been found in Jessica Chastain. The Wrap reports the news and while the script, written by Dominik, is said to be good to go, the film is still without a start date. It would however, seem a safe bet that filming would begin this year as I would also expect additional casting will be announced shortly. With the Cannes Film Festival coming up it wouldn't surprise me in the least to see the film shopped around the Marche du Film, looking to lock up international distribution as Brad Pitt's Plan B is set to produce. As for the story, Oates is said to have. »
- Brad Brevet
It was just three years ago that Michelle Williams earned an Oscar nomination for her portrayal of Marilyn Monroe in Simon Curtis' My Week With Marilyn, but already another big screen portrayal of the Hollywood legend is in the works. Today, the project has found an actress to take on the role. The Wrap is reporting that Jessica Chastain is now attached to play Monroe in Andrew Dominik's upcoming drama Blonde. Chastain, who has twice been nominated for an Academy Award, isn't the first actress to come aboard the project, as Naomi Watts signed on to star all the way back in 2010. In case you couldn't tell, this film has been around for quite a while, but now it appears it's finally starting to get in motion. The movie will be an adaptation of the novel of the same name by author Joyce Carol Oates. You can read »
I've been fascinated by Andrew Dominik's "Blonde," based on the Joyce Carol Oates book about Marilyn Monroe, for some time. A book like that, steeped in the division between myth and reality, wading into some dark corners, seems perfectly suited for the man who brought us the most complex take on the outlaw Jesse James to date with his 2007 masterpiece "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford." Speculation has run rampant as to who would play Monroe in the film, and today, it looks like we have an answer, and that answer is Jessica Chastain. For some time, I wasn't even looking in Chastain's direction, to be perfectly honest. Naomi Watts was in the mix at one point. I was expecting any of a number of other actresses. Then Dominik let it slip in February that Chastain was at the top of his list. That happened »
- Kristopher Tapley
Marilyn Monroe starred in plenty of films during her lifetime, but after her death she’s appeared in even more movies as a character. Now the next actress to dot on that famous beauty mark will be Jessica Chastain. She’s just replaced Naomi Watts as the star of Andrew Dominik‘s Blonde. More details after the jump. TheWrap reported the […]
- Angie Han
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