My colleague Aly Semigran truly was right this morning when she wrote that Benedict Cumberbatch and Jessica Chastain would star in everything from here on out. This afternoon, producers behind Broadway’s The Heiress announced that the Tree of Life/The Help/The Debt/Take Shelter/awards season red-carpet star will make her debut on the Great White Way in the revival of the Ruth and Augustus Goetz–penned play.
But you’ll have to see the Golden Globe–nominated Chastain on TV at countless awards shows before you can see her on Broadway – the show, which will be directed by Moisés Kaufman (Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo), won’t open until this fall. A location for The Heiress, which is based on Henry James’ novel Washington Square and hasn’t appeared on Broadway in 17 years, has yet to be determined. Said Kaufman in a statement, “Jessica Chastain is a great actress with chameleon-like prowess and enormous emotional intelligence; I think she’s one of the best actresses of her generation. I’m thrilled to be working with her on The Heiress.”
Chastain has also been nominated for a Screen Actors Guild award for her work in The Help. And you thought James Franco had a lot on his plate.