Jessica Chastain In 'Miss Julie': Oscar Nominee Lines Up New Role

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Jessica Chastain: can't stop, won't stop.

The perma-busy actress, onscreen now in both "Zero Dark Thirty" and "Mama," has signed up to star in Liv Ullmann's upcoming adaptation of "Miss Julie," the 1888 play written by August Strindberg. According to Variety, Colin Farrell and Samantha Morton have also signed up for roles.

Set in 1874, Strindberg's play focuses on the title Miss Julie (Chastain), who breaks away from her upstairs life by spending time with the servants during a summertime party. There, she meets an older servant named Jean, who changes her life. No word yet on who would play Jean, but Farrell seems too young for the role; he's only one year older than Chastain, and Jean remembers Miss Julie from when she was a child. "Miss Julie" was previously adapted by Mike Figgis in 1999 with Saffron Burrows and Peter Mullan in the lead roles.

Chastain teased her involvement with "Miss Julie" earlier in January, which came as a surprise since Michelle Williams was originally attached in the lead role.

This is a busy time for Chastain; the actress is up for Best Actress at the 85th annual Academy Awards for "Zero Dark Thirty" and is still performing on Broadway in "The Heiress." Chastain has missed only a few shows during awards season, including Sunday, when she appeared at the Screen Actors Guild Awards.

For more on "Miss Julie," including its director, head over to Variety.

[via Variety]

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