2:57 pm - 09/03/2014

Jessica Chastain Joins Matt Damon in Ridley Scott’s ‘The Martian’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Jessica Chastain is in early talks for the female lead opposite Matt Damon the Fox sci-fi pic “The Martian.”
Ridley Scott is directing.
Simon Kinberg, who has been with this project from the begining and brought the book to Scott, will producer alongside his exec Aditya Sood through Kinberg’s Genre Films banner. Fox exec Steve Asbell will oversee the project for the studio.
Story is based on the e-book by Andy Weir about an astronaut who gets stranded on Mars and must figure out how to stay alive long enough to get back home.
Since Scott’s commitment, the project has quickly come together and should get a greenlight once all the deals are locked in.
Chastain has been particular about what roles she commits to, leaning more towards prestige fare like “Lawless,” “Tree of Life,” “Zero Dark Thirty” and “A Most Violent Year,” which bows later this year.
More recently, she has been moving towards larger-scale projects such as Christopher Nolan’s “Interstellar” which bows in November.
She is repped by CAA and Mosaic.

ms_mmelissa 3rd-Sep-2014 08:46 pm (UTC)
This sounds really dull.

I wonder what's going on with Blonde/The Zookeeper's Wife.
larrylurker 3rd-Sep-2014 08:48 pm (UTC)
Story is based on the e-book by Andy Weir about an astronaut who gets stranded on Mars and must figure out how to stay alive long enough to get back home.

Read the book(it has extremely high reviews on goodreads/Amazon/etc), and it mostly focuses on the character(Damon) trapped on Mars. I guess she'll be the Commander of the ship that had to leave him on Mars.

Edited at 2014-09-03 08:49 pm (UTC)
xdecadentx 4th-Sep-2014 09:15 am (UTC)
I was going to say I bought this book because it looked interesting but I haven't got around to reading it yet.
mammary_glands 3rd-Sep-2014 08:48 pm (UTC)
two of my favorite people in my favorite hack film maker's new movie? sign me up
walker_sarah 3rd-Sep-2014 08:52 pm (UTC)

moddchicc 3rd-Sep-2014 08:57 pm (UTC)
LOL, embarrassing
fasdsr2 3rd-Sep-2014 09:24 pm (UTC)
I thought Variety was a trade of repute; they've been sf embarrassing as of late. They said Elvis invented Rock & Roll and all but explicitly said that Idris Elba was African American.

Edited at 2014-09-03 09:25 pm (UTC)
saltireflower 3rd-Sep-2014 10:22 pm (UTC)
Lmao omg this is like that time someone mislabeled Idris Elba as a woman in a red carpet photo. I can't remember who but it was hilar.
supertex 4th-Sep-2014 03:21 pm (UTC)
vikingsmn 3rd-Sep-2014 08:52 pm (UTC)
I like Jessica, but can we give some other actresses a shot?
sher_locked0 3rd-Sep-2014 09:02 pm (UTC)
Jessica can do better
syvlie0o0 3rd-Sep-2014 09:15 pm (UTC)
WTF would Chastain even be doing? The book is 95% just the guy on Mars.

Anyway, the book had an interesting premise, but it's hard to pay attention when you have to spend half your time googling what the guy is even writing about.
larrylurker 3rd-Sep-2014 09:49 pm (UTC)
I'm guessing the female commander of the ship that left him
bitchwhisperer 4th-Sep-2014 01:01 am (UTC)
lol i didn't even try to understand the extremely technical stuff
qossipqirl 3rd-Sep-2014 09:36 pm (UTC)
120% here for space movies
qossipqirl 3rd-Sep-2014 09:37 pm (UTC)
shortliljackers 3rd-Sep-2014 09:55 pm (UTC)
one day i will read this book!! it's on my amazon book list, but i keep buying other books instead, lol.
timbershiver 3rd-Sep-2014 10:03 pm (UTC)
Heh my husband read it so now I feel like I don't gave to
xdecadentx 4th-Sep-2014 09:15 am (UTC)
this is me
prophecypro 3rd-Sep-2014 10:08 pm (UTC)
Good cast and director, so I'll check it out
januarysix 3rd-Sep-2014 10:09 pm (UTC)
This book was so horribly written. It will appeal to big bang theory fans though.
saltireflower 3rd-Sep-2014 10:11 pm (UTC)
I love Matt and Jessica but movies about Mars always flop. They make about as much sense as releasing a Western in the summer.
bluntinprada 4th-Sep-2014 03:33 am (UTC)
yeah and Matt should stop doing scifi movies for a while.

I want him to do another comedy.
alfendi 3rd-Sep-2014 10:25 pm (UTC)
Yesss. I'm always up for space stuff.
bitchwhisperer 4th-Sep-2014 12:59 am (UTC)
omg i knew this day would come
i hope they just base themselves on the book's premise cuz if otherwise...
hahalooloo 4th-Sep-2014 01:07 am (UTC)
i don't usually think she's pretty but she looks great in that pic
hypermuseic9 4th-Sep-2014 02:32 am (UTC)
i love her so yes i'll watch this.
ladymusashi 4th-Sep-2014 02:50 pm (UTC)
The book was so much fun though I can't see Damon as Mark. We'll see...
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