Jessica Chastain’s Eve Lands New Director After Backlash

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A few weeks ago, the upcoming Jessica Chastain-led action movie Eve found itself in a bit of hot water. While Australian director Matthew Newton was attached to take the helm, many complained about his personal history, specifically a 2007 incident that saw him plead guilty to assaulting his then-girlfriend. Response led Newton to leave his job, but now news has come down the wire that a replacement has been found.

Tate Taylor, who previously worked with Jessica Chastain on the Oscar-winning 2011 film The Help, has now come aboard to direct Eve as his first action movie. To date the filmmaker's work has been more in of straight comedy (Pretty Ugly People) or drama (The Help, Get On Up, The Girl On The Train) variety, but this will give him an opportunity to show what he can do with a different style of shooting.

Presumably still working with the original script written by Matthew Newton, Eve will star Jessica Chastain as the titular heroin - a talented female assassin - but not much else is known about the movie's plot. Not only that, though, Chastain is also working behind the scenes as well, and is producing the feature through her personal banner, Freckle Films.

What's unclear is exactly when the movie is going to really start moving forward. Jessica Chastain is currently a touch busy reuniting with another previous collaborator, Andres Muschietti, on IT: Chapter Two, which should keep her busy for a while. Meanwhile, Tate Taylor has his on material brewing as well, as he is currently in post-production on Ma, a Blumhouse horror movie starring Luke Evans, Allison Janney, Missi Pyle, Juliette Lewis, and Octavia Spencer. Eve isn't even the only film that Chastain and Taylor are developing together, as the trade report adds that they are collaborating on The Eyes of Tammy Faye - a film that is presumably based on the documentary of the same name about Tammy Faye Messner a.k.a. Tammy Faye Bakker.

Thanks to this movie's mysterious timeline, we're not sure exactly when we'll be able to see the finished product right now, but at the very least we will see a new action movie starring Jessica Chastain in the coming months. Though the real name of her character has yet to be revealed, she is set to play the central villain in Simon Kinberg's upcoming X-Men: Dark Phoenix which was originally scheduled to be released in November, but is now going to come out on Valentine's Day in 2019. Hopefully it will provide a nice ass-kicking preview that will give us a sense of what to expect from the action potential in Eve.

This is a project that definitely has our curiosity, so stay tuned for more updates on CinemaBlend.

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