Jessica Chastain is currently queen of the box office, after two of her movies led ticket sales this past weekend. Her horror flick, Mama, and the Oscar-nominated, Zero Dark Thirty, offered moviegoers completely different fare, but cemented the fact that Chastain is a force to be reckoned with.
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Exactly how much influence the media has on the public has always been a significant question, and in particular the connection between real-life gun violence and violent movies has been on a lot of people’s minds lately.
Jessica Chastain has just earned her second Oscar nomination for her role in the terrorist drama, Zero Dark Thirty. The actress, previously nominated for her role in last year’s The Help, became fully immersed in her role as a CIA agent in the film.
After starring with Jessica Chastain in 2011’s Texas Killing Fields and this year’s Lawless, actor Jason Clarke teamed up with the leading lady again this year for Zero Dark Thirty, a film about the hunt for Osama bin Laden.
I don’t think any actress has had the rapid career trajectory of Jessica Chastain — in 2010 she was a virtual unknown, and in a few weeks she will likely be nominated for an Oscar for the second consecutive year. She’s already been nominated for many other awards for Zero Dark Thirty, in which she stars as a CIA operative named Maya who was instrumental in locating Osama bin Laden’s hiding place.
Even though Jessica Chastain is portraying a real person in the new film, Zero Dark Thirty, she didn’t have the opportunity to meet her.
Little known until recently despite key roles in the Star Wars prequels and King Arthur, actor Joel Edgerton came onto a lot of people’s radars with his role in Warrior. He won’t be going away anytime soon, with big roles in The Odd Life of Timothy Green, Zero Dark Thirty, and The Great Gatsby all set for release in the next several months.