JESSICA CHASTAIN (Young Rachel) attended the Juilliard School in New York
City. While there, she starred in Romeo and Juliet. She soon commenced a
professional stage career, and received glowing reviews for her performances in
The Cherry Orchard, at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, opposite Michelle
Williams; and in Richard Nelson's Rodney's Wife, opposite David Strathairn, off-
Broadway at Playwrights Horizons.
Her other stage credits include the Los Angeles Wadsworth Theatre production
of Salome, directed by Estelle Parsons and starring in the title role opposite
Pacino. Extending the collaboration, producer Barry Navidi created a film
entitled Wilde Salome. Directed by Mr. Pacino, the feature includes behind-thescenes
footage as well as portions of the play. It will world-premiere at the 2011
Venice International Film Festival.
More recently, she starred as Desdemona in Othello, opposite Philip Seymor
Hoffman and John Ortiz. The production, adapted and directed by Peter Sellars,
was performed in Vienna and off-Broadway; the latter stint was with the
LAByrinth Theater Company and through NYC's Public Theater.
Ms. Chastain made her screen debut in the title role of Jolene, directed by Dan
Ireland, opposite Rupert Friend, Frances Fisher, Dermot Mulroney, and Michael
Vartan. The feature film adaptation of the E.L. Doctorow short story earned her
the Best Actress Award at the 2008 Seattle International Film Festival.
She will soon be seen starring in several highly anticipated films being
in 2011. These include Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life, with Brad Pitt and
Sean Penn; Ami Canaan Mann's The Dark Fields, reteaming her with Sam
Worthington of The Debt; Ralph Fiennes' Coriolanus; Jeff Nichols' Take Shelter,
opposite Michael Shannon; and Tate Taylor's The Help, adapted from Kathryn
Stockett's beloved novel of the same name.
Ms. Chastain recently completed filming John Hillcoat's The Wettest County in
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