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Bio For: Jessica Chastain
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JESSICA CHASTAIN (Mrs. O’Brien) has emerged as one of Hollywood’s most sought after actors of her generation.

Born and raised in Northern California, Chastain attended the Juilliard School in New York City. While there she starred in Romeo and Juliet and went on to receive glowing reviews for her performances in The Cherry Orchard opposite Michelle Williams at Williamstown, and Richard Nelson’s Rodney’s Wife opposite David Strathairn off-Broadway at Playwright’s Horizons.

Chastain stars as the female lead in Miramax’s THE DEBT alongside Helen Mirren and Sam Worthington. Chastain is an Israeli Mossad agent sent on a mission to apprehend the WWII Nazi surgeon from the concentration camp who tortured Jewish prisoners. Production took place in Budapest and Tel Aviv.

Chastain will also be seen in Ami Mann’s upcoming feature film, THE FIELDS. This psychological thriller is based on true events that took place in a small Pennsylvania town in 1973. In this project Jessica will star alongside Sam Worthington and Chloe Moretz.

Chastain recently wrapped production on Dreamworks’ adaptation of the best-selling Kathryn Stockett novel THE HELP playing Celia Foote, an insecure Southern lady constantly trying to fit in with the high society women who reject her. The story centers on black maids working in white households in the early 1960s in Jackson, Miss. Viola Davis, Emma Stone, Bryce Dallas Howard and Octavia Spencer are among the cast. The film will be released in August 2011.

Chastain will soon begin filming WETTEST COUNTY, opposite Shia LaBeouf and Tom Hardy. The film will be directed by John Hillcoat and produced by Doug Wick.

In 2009, Jessica played the role of Desmonda in the classic play Othello opposite Phillip Seymor Hoffman. Directed by Peter Sellars, the project ran beginning in Vienna, then Germany and finishing in New York.

At the senior class Juilliard showcase, Jessica landed a coveted talent deal with Emmy award winning executive producer and writer John Wells, the show runner of “E.R.”, “West Wing” and producer of WHITE OLEANDER. After completing a pilot for John Wells and director PJ Hogan (MY BEST FRIEND’S WEDDING), Jessica returned to the stage in the Los Angeles Wadsworth Theatre production of Salome, where Academy Award Winners Estelle Parsons (director) and Al Pacino handpicked Jessica to play the title role of ‘Salome’ opposite Al. Continuing the collaboration, producer Barry Navidi commenced the film version of ‘Salome’ entitled WILD SALOME directed by Al Pacino, where they filmed behind the scenes and portions of the play’s production.

Chastain’s stage work in Salome received enormous critical attention and led to her landing the dynamic title role of JOLENE in the Dan Ireland directed production opposite Rupert Friend, Frances Fisher, Dermot Mulroney and Michael Vartan. This adaptation of the E.L. Doctorow (Ragtime) short story Jolene depicts a young woman’s odyssey of relationships over the course of ten years. Chastain won the Best Actress Award at the 2008 Seattle Film Festival for this role.

Chastain currently lives in California.

Movies For: Jessica Chastain
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MAMA (PG-13) On Video: 5/7/2013 At Theaters: 1/18/2013
ZERO DARK THIRTY (R) On Video: 3/19/2013 At Theaters: 12/19/2012
LAWLESS (R) On Video: 11/27/2012 At Theaters: 8/29/2012
CORIOLANUS (R) On Video: 5/29/2012 At Theaters: 1/20/2012
TAKE SHELTER (R) On Video: 2/14/2012 At Theaters: 9/30/2011
TEXAS KILLING FIELDS (R) On Video: 1/31/2012 At Theaters: 10/14/2011
THE DEBT (R) On Video: 12/6/2011 At Theaters: 8/31/2011
THE HELP (PG-13) On Video: 12/6/2011 At Theaters: 8/10/2011
THE TREE OF LIFE (PG-13) On Video: 10/11/2011 At Theaters: 5/27/2011
INTERSTELLAR (PG-13) At Theaters: 11/7/2014
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