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Two years ago, it's possible that only friends and family of Jessica Chastain, along with a savvy casting director or two, would have been able to point her out in a line-up. But after a hugely busy 2011, and a fairly hectic 2012, she's one of the most in demand actresses around, something that's only been further cemented by her role in Kathryn Bigelow's controversial, much-praised "Zero Dark Thirty," which looks set to land her her second Oscar nomination -- and possibly even her first win -- in a few weeks time. Once believed to be a sprawling ensemble piece, the film in fact sees Chastain front and center as Maya, the driven, dedicated CIA agent who spends ten years on the trail of 9/11 mastermind Osama Bin Laden. The character is reportedly based on a real figure, but Chastain told the assembled journos at a recent press conference for the film »


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