Jessica Chastain

Jessica Chastain (born March 24, 1977) is an American theater, film and television actress. She played guest roles in several television shows before making her feature film debut with the 2008 independent film Jolene. In 2011, Chastain gained wide public recognition for her starring roles in seven film releases; for her performance in The Help she received Best Supporting Actress nominations at the Academy Award, Golden Globe, BAFTA, and Screen Actors Guild Award ceremonies. In 2012, Time magazine featured her as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World. Chastain's performance in the 2012 military thriller Zero Dark Thirty and the 2013 horror film Mama led film critic Richard Roeper to describe her as “one of the finest actors of her generation.” For the former, she won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress (Drama) and received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress.

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Interstellar (2014)

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The adventures of a group of explorers who make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Christopher Nolan
CAST:  Matthew McConaughey  •  Anne Hathaway  •  Jessica Chastain  •  Michael Caine

The adventures of a group of explorers who make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Christopher Nolan
CAST:  Matthew McConaughey  •  Anne Hathaway  •  Jessica Chastain  •  Michael Caine

The Tree of Life (2011)

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The impressionistic story of a Texas family in the 1950s. The film follows the life journey of the eldest son, Jack, through the innocence of childhood to his disillusioned adult years as he tries to reconcile a complicated relationship with his father. Jack finds ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Terrence Malick
CAST:  Brad Pitt  •  Sean Penn  •  Jessica Chastain  •  Fiona Shaw

The impressionistic story of a Texas family in the 1950s. The film follows the life journey of the eldest son, Jack, through the innocence of childhood to his disillusioned adult years as he tries to reconcile a complicated relationship with his father. Jack finds ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Terrence Malick
CAST:  Brad Pitt  •  Sean Penn  •  Jessica Chastain  •  Fiona Shaw

The Huntsman: Winter's War (2016)

As two evil sisters prepare to conquer the land, two renegades—Eric the Huntsman, who aided Snow White in defeating Ravenna in Snowwhite and the Huntsman, and his forbidden lover, Sara—set out to stop them.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Cedric Nicolas-Troyan
CAST:  Chris Hemsworth  •  Charlize Theron  •  Emily Blunt  •  Jessica Chastain

As two evil sisters prepare to conquer the land, two renegades—Eric the Huntsman, who aided Snow White in defeating Ravenna in Snowwhite and the Huntsman, and his forbidden lover, Sara—set out to stop them.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Cedric Nicolas-Troyan
CAST:  Chris Hemsworth  •  Charlize Theron  •  Emily Blunt  •  Jessica Chastain

The Debt (2010)

Rachel Singer is a former Mossad agent who tried to capture a notorious Nazi war criminal – the Surgeon of Birkenau – in a secret Israeli mission that ended with his death on the streets of East Berlin. Now, 30 years later, a man claiming to be the doctor has ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Madden
CAST:  Helen Mirren  •  Sam Worthington  •  Jessica Chastain  •  Tom Wilkinson

Rachel Singer is a former Mossad agent who tried to capture a notorious Nazi war criminal – the Surgeon of Birkenau – in a secret Israeli mission that ended with his death on the streets of East Berlin. Now, 30 years later, a man claiming to be the doctor has ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Madden
CAST:  Helen Mirren  •  Sam Worthington  •  Jessica Chastain  •  Tom Wilkinson

Wilde Salomé (2013)

Pacino takes us on a journey as he unravels and re-interprets Oscar Wilde's once banned and most controversial work SALOME, a scintillating tale of lust, greed and one woman's scorn.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Al Pacino
CAST:  Al Pacino  •  Jessica Chastain  •  Kevin Anderson  •  Estelle Parsons

Pacino takes us on a journey as he unravels and re-interprets Oscar Wilde's once banned and most controversial work SALOME, a scintillating tale of lust, greed and one woman's scorn.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Al Pacino
CAST:  Al Pacino  •  Jessica Chastain  •  Kevin Anderson  •  Estelle Parsons

Jolene (2008)

A teenage orphan spends ten years traveling to experience life.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Dan Ireland
CAST:  Jessica Chastain  •  Dermot Mulroney  •  Chazz Palminteri  •  Michael Vartan

A teenage orphan spends ten years traveling to experience life.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Dan Ireland
CAST:  Jessica Chastain  •  Dermot Mulroney  •  Chazz Palminteri  •  Michael Vartan

Lawless (2012)

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Set in the Depression-era Franklin County, Virginia, a bootlegging gang is threatened by authorities who want a cut of their profits.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Hillcoat
CAST:  Shia LaBeouf  •  Tom Hardy  •  Guy Pearce  •  Jessica Chastain

Set in the Depression-era Franklin County, Virginia, a bootlegging gang is threatened by authorities who want a cut of their profits.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Hillcoat
CAST:  Shia LaBeouf  •  Tom Hardy  •  Guy Pearce  •  Jessica Chastain

The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him (2014)

Told from the male perspective, the story of a couple trying to reclaim the life and love they once knew and pick up the pieces of a past that may be too far gone.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ned Benson
CAST:  James McAvoy  •  Jessica Chastain  •  Bill Hader  •  Viola Davis

Told from the male perspective, the story of a couple trying to reclaim the life and love they once knew and pick up the pieces of a past that may be too far gone.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ned Benson
CAST:  James McAvoy  •  Jessica Chastain  •  Bill Hader  •  Viola Davis

A Most Violent Year (2014)

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A thriller set in New York City during the winter of 1981, statistically one of the most violent years in the city's history, and centered on the lives of an immigrant and his family trying to expand their business and capitalize on opportunities as the rampant ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  J.C. Chandor
CAST:  Jessica Chastain  •  Oscar Isaac  •  Albert Brooks  •  David Oyelowo

A thriller set in New York City during the winter of 1981, statistically one of the most violent years in the city's history, and centered on the lives of an immigrant and his family trying to expand their business and capitalize on opportunities as the rampant ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  J.C. Chandor
CAST:  Jessica Chastain  •  Oscar Isaac  •  Albert Brooks  •  David Oyelowo

Touch of Evil (2011)

Some of 2011's stand-out film actors appear in "a video gallery of cinematic villainy" for New York Times Magazine.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alex Prager
CAST:  Brad Pitt  •  Rooney Mara  •  Gary Oldman  •  Mia Wasikowska

Some of 2011's stand-out film actors appear in "a video gallery of cinematic villainy" for New York Times Magazine.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alex Prager
CAST:  Brad Pitt  •  Rooney Mara  •  Gary Oldman  •  Mia Wasikowska

Salomé (2013)

One of Al Pacino's directory experiments, Salomé was filmed over 5 days in 2011, but has yet to be widely released. It is a part of a double feature on the Oscar Wilde short play "Salomé", together with the Venice-shown documentary "Wilde Salomé", that shows the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Al Pacino
CAST:  Jessica Chastain  •  Kevin Anderson  •  Al Pacino  •  Roxanne Hart

One of Al Pacino's directory experiments, Salomé was filmed over 5 days in 2011, but has yet to be widely released. It is a part of a double feature on the Oscar Wilde short play "Salomé", together with the Venice-shown documentary "Wilde Salomé", that shows the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Al Pacino
CAST:  Jessica Chastain  •  Kevin Anderson  •  Al Pacino  •  Roxanne Hart

Seduced and Abandoned (2013)

SEDUCED AND ABANDONED combines acting legend Alec Baldwin with director James Toback as they lead us on a troublesome and often hilarious journey of raising financing for their next feature film. Moving from director to financier to star actor, the two players ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  James Toback
CAST:  Alec Baldwin  •  Bérénice Bejo  •  Bernardo Bertolucci  •  James Caan

SEDUCED AND ABANDONED combines acting legend Alec Baldwin with director James Toback as they lead us on a troublesome and often hilarious journey of raising financing for their next feature film. Moving from director to financier to star actor, the two players ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  James Toback
CAST:  Alec Baldwin  •  Bérénice Bejo  •  Bernardo Bertolucci  •  James Caan

Letters to Jackie: Remembering President Kennedy (2013)

Revisits President John F. Kennedy's presidential legacy through 21 of the more than 800,000 condolence letters written to Jackie Kennedy after JFK's assassination. Based on a book by Ellen Fitzpatrick  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bill Couturié
CAST:  Anne Hathaway  •  Bérénice Bejo  •  Michelle Williams  •  Kirsten Dunst

Revisits President John F. Kennedy's presidential legacy through 21 of the more than 800,000 condolence letters written to Jackie Kennedy after JFK's assassination. Based on a book by Ellen Fitzpatrick  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bill Couturié
CAST:  Anne Hathaway  •  Bérénice Bejo  •  Michelle Williams  •  Kirsten Dunst

Miss Julie (2014)

Over the course of a midsummer night in Fermanagh in 1890, an unsettled daughter of the Anglo-Irish aristocracy encourages her father's valet to seduce her.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Liv Ullmann
CAST:  Jessica Chastain  •  Colin Farrell  •  Samantha Morton  •  Nora McMenamy

Over the course of a midsummer night in Fermanagh in 1890, an unsettled daughter of the Anglo-Irish aristocracy encourages her father's valet to seduce her.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Liv Ullmann
CAST:  Jessica Chastain  •  Colin Farrell  •  Samantha Morton  •  Nora McMenamy

The Color of Time (2012)

A poetic road trip through Pulitzer prize-winning CK Williams' life over the course of 40 years.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Edna Luise Biesold  •  Sarah-Violet Bliss  •  Gabrielle Demeestere  •  Alexis Gambis  •  Brooke Goldfinch  •  Shripriya Mahesh  •  Pamela Romanowsky  •  Bruce Thierry Cheung  •  Tine Thomasen  •  Virginia Urreiztieta  •  Omar Zúñiga  •  Shruti Ganguly
CAST:  James Franco  •  Mila Kunis  •  Jessica Chastain  •  Zach Braff

A poetic road trip through Pulitzer prize-winning CK Williams' life over the course of 40 years.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Edna Luise Biesold  •  Sarah-Violet Bliss  •  Gabrielle Demeestere  •  Alexis Gambis  •  Brooke Goldfinch  •  Shripriya Mahesh  •  Pamela Romanowsky  •  Bruce Thierry Cheung  •  Tine Thomasen  •  Virginia Urreiztieta  •  Omar Zúñiga  •  Shruti Ganguly
CAST:  James Franco  •  Mila Kunis  •  Jessica Chastain  •  Zach Braff

Zero Dark Thirty (2012)

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A chronicle of the decade-long hunt for al-Qaeda terrorist leader Osama bin Laden after the September 2001 attacks, and his death at the hands of the Navy S.E.A.L. Team 6 in May, 2011.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kathryn Bigelow
CAST:  Jessica Chastain  •  Jason Clarke  •  Mark Strong  •  Joel Edgerton

A chronicle of the decade-long hunt for al-Qaeda terrorist leader Osama bin Laden after the September 2001 attacks, and his death at the hands of the Navy S.E.A.L. Team 6 in May, 2011.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kathryn Bigelow
CAST:  Jessica Chastain  •  Jason Clarke  •  Mark Strong  •  Joel Edgerton

Mama (2013)

Guillermo del Toro presents Mama, a supernatural thriller that tells the haunting tale of two little girls who disappeared into the woods the day that their parents were killed. When they are rescued years later and begin a new life, they find that someone or ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Andy Muschietti
CAST:  Jessica Chastain  •  Nikolaj Coster-Waldau  •  Megan Charpentier  •  Isabelle Nélisse

Guillermo del Toro presents Mama, a supernatural thriller that tells the haunting tale of two little girls who disappeared into the woods the day that their parents were killed. When they are rescued years later and begin a new life, they find that someone or ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Andy Muschietti
CAST:  Jessica Chastain  •  Nikolaj Coster-Waldau  •  Megan Charpentier  •  Isabelle Nélisse

Take Shelter (2011)

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Plagued by a series of apocalyptic visions, a young husband and father questions whether to shelter his family from a coming storm, or from himself.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jeff Nichols
CAST:  Michael Shannon  •  Jessica Chastain  •  Katy Mixon  •  Shea Whigham

Plagued by a series of apocalyptic visions, a young husband and father questions whether to shelter his family from a coming storm, or from himself.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jeff Nichols
CAST:  Michael Shannon  •  Jessica Chastain  •  Katy Mixon  •  Shea Whigham

The Help (2011)

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Aibileen Clark is a middle-aged African-American maid who has spent her life raising white children and has recently lost her only son; Minny Jackson is an African-American maid who has often offended her employers despite her family's struggles with money and her ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tate Taylor
CAST:  Emma Stone  •  Viola Davis  •  Octavia Spencer  •  Bryce Dallas Howard

Aibileen Clark is a middle-aged African-American maid who has spent her life raising white children and has recently lost her only son; Minny Jackson is an African-American maid who has often offended her employers despite her family's struggles with money and her ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Tate Taylor
CAST:  Emma Stone  •  Viola Davis  •  Octavia Spencer  •  Bryce Dallas Howard

Texas Killing Fields (2011)

In the Texas bayous, a local homicide detective teams up with a cop from New York City to investigate a series of unsolved murders.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ami Canaan Mann
CAST:  Sam Worthington  •  Jessica Chastain  •  Chloë Grace Moretz  •  Jeffrey Dean Morgan

In the Texas bayous, a local homicide detective teams up with a cop from New York City to investigate a series of unsolved murders.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ami Canaan Mann
CAST:  Sam Worthington  •  Jessica Chastain  •  Chloë Grace Moretz  •  Jeffrey Dean Morgan
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