Thursday, January 5, 2012

Jessica Chastain to create Broadway Debut in 'The Heiress'

Jessica Chastain -- the "It" actress who's prone to have an Oscar nomination for just one of her many-diddly movies of 2011, including 'The Help' and 'The Tree of Life' -- has become preparing to overcome Broadway. She'll make her Broadway debut this fall in 'The Heiress.' It is a role that won an Oscar for Olivia p Havilland in 1950. Since she'll be playing an unattractive 19th-century heiress, she'll be "uglified" with heavy eye brows, as was p Havilland. This may also be the very first Broadway venture for Paula Wagner, who'll co-produce. "I had been immediately struck by Jessica's talent and skill after i saw her on stage opposite Al Pacino in Salome," Wagner told THR. "She's an actress with this rare capability to transition very easily between your stage and screen." 'The Heiress' opened in 1947 and it has had four previous Broadway productions. The final, in 1995, won Tony Honours for the best Revival and Lead Actress for Cherry Johnson. Chastain, a graduate from the Juilliard School of Drama, is nominated for any Golden Globe on her role in 'The Help' as well as an Independent Spirit Award for 'Take Shelter.' Her 2011 credits include 'The Tree of Existence,' 'Coriolanus' and 'The Debt.' [via THR] [Photo: Getty] Follow Moviefone on Twitter Like Moviefone on Facebook

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