Hot off back-to-back hits at the box office in the form of Zero Dark Thirty and Mama, Jessica Chastain has added a new project to her upcoming slate in the form of Miss Julie. The Oscar-nominee will be paired with Colin Farrell for the big screen adaptation from director Liv Ullmann.
For those unfamiliar with the August Strindberg-written play, the 1874-set story traces a woman’s escape from social mores as she is ‘suddenly drawn to a senior servant.’ Variety, who broke the story, reminds us of Chastain’s Broadway credentials as the Julliard alumna is currently starring in The Heiress all while in the running for an Academy Award for her work in Zero Dark Thirty.
As far as the selection of Colin Farrell for the co-star, that is probably what will befuddle most of those who follow the trades. The actor is still in the midst of a little career resurgence artificially ballooned prior to the flop that was Total Recall last year. He has kept pretty busy, but Farrell continues to be an unreliable draw at the box office. It is hard to imagine Chastain will not pull him to a new level, but then again Al Pacino failed to do so in 2002′s The Recruit.