Even though Jessica Chastain has filmed a number of movies over the past few years, timing has meant that they’ve all been hitting screens within a few months of each other. By the end of 2011 Chastain will have starred in 7 movies this year, which range from espionage thriller The Debt with Sam Worthington and Helen Mirren, Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life with Brad Pitt, Ralph Fiennes’ Coriolanus, and the runaway success which was The Help.
Going from nowhere to everywhere has the habit of attracting attention, and now Variety reports that Jessica Chastain has landed the female lead opposite Tom Cruise in Horizons.
The graphic novel on which the movie is based is set “in a future where the Earth’s surface has been irradiated beyond recognition and the remnants of humanity live above the clouds, safe from the brutal alien Scavengers that stalk the ruins. But when surface drone repairman Jack discovers a mysterious woman in a crash-landed pod, it sets off an unstoppable chain of events that will force him to question everything he knows.”
There are two key female characters in the story. Victoria, Jack’s right-hand woman and lover who serves as his eyes and ears while he’s on repair missions, and Julia, his fiancee on Earth before the alien invasion. Chastain’s role has yet to be revealed, but we should hear more when the second female role is cast. Olivia Wilde, Brit Marling and Noomi Rapace are all said to have tested for the roles.
Joseph Kosinski (Tron: Legacy) is directing, and Universal has set a July 19, 2013 release date.