Hollywood up-and-comers Joel Edgerton (Warrior, The Great Gatsby) and Jessica Chastain (The Help, Tree of Life) have joined an unorthodox project. They’ll play a married couple in two films: The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: His, and The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Hers, each told from one character’s perspective.
Variety brings the report, and says “the love story explores a New York City couple’s relationship during a difficult time in their marriage from the perspectives of the restaurant owner husband and of the wife, who goes back to college.” Academy Award-winner William Hurt is also in talks to join the cast.
The report doesn’t specifically say whether writer/director Ned Benson (In Defiance of Gravity) plans to shoot the films at the same time, but the filmmakers are exploring alternate distribution methods once the movies are completed. Myriad Pictures is shepherding the project, and Myriad CEO Kirk D’Amico talked a bit about the double feature:
We have to make both films work on their own, both for the buyers but also for the audiences. Together, these films will describe a fully, more complete look at these characters and their lives. It is possible to consider making films in a completely different way than the single production method one film at a time. We’re intrigued also to work with our distribution partners to discover what kind of releasing and promotional options may arise.
A few weeks ago, a story came out regarding Chastain joining Kathryn Bigelow’s bin Laden movie. Since that project already had Edgerton set as one of the leads, it’s possible we’ll see this acting duo on screen together at least one more time fairly soon.