Following an Oscar nomination for Zero Dark Thirty, Jessica Chastain is quickly becoming one of the most in-demand actresses in the industry. On her upcoming slate, Chastain is attached to some promising projects over the next couple years that include Crimson Peak, The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby, and Miss Julie. It looks like Chastain has added yet another film to her slate.
The Hollywood Reporter has reported that Chastain is going to headline the film adaptation of Diane Ackerman’s 2008 novel The Zookeeper’s Wife. Niki Caro, the filmmaker behind Whale Rider and North Country, will direct the adaptation. According to several sources, the project is expected to hit the market in Cannes. I know what you’re thinking and no, this is NOT a sequel to Zookeeper starring Kevin James. Posted below is the official synopsis of the original novel.
When Germany invaded Poland, Stuka bombers devastated Warsaw—and the city’s zoo along with it. With most of their animals dead, zookeepers Jan and Antonina Zabinski began smuggling Jews into empty cages. Another dozen “guests” hid inside the Zabinskis’ villa, emerging after dark for dinner, socializing, and, during rare moments of calm, piano concerts. Jan, active in the polish resistance, kept ammunition buried in the elephant enclosure and stashed explosives in the animal hospital. Meanwhile, Antonina kept her unusual household afloat, caring for both its human and its animal inhabitants—otters, a badger, hyena pups, and lynxes.
It’s unclear at this point as to when production will start. With the amount of films that Jessica Chastain is attached to, this could end up taking awhile.