Jessica Chastain talks Zero Dark Thirty & working with Kathryn Bigelow

The hunt for Osama bin Laden preoccupied the world and two American presidential administrations for more than a decade. But in the end, it took a small, dedicated team of CIA operatives to track him down. Every aspect of their mission was shrouded in secrecy. Though some of the details have since been made public, many of the most significant parts of the intelligence operation—-including the central role played by that team—-are brought to the screen for the first time in a nuanced and gripping new film by the Oscar®-winning creative duo of Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal.

Their account of bin Laden’s pursuit and capture, vivid yet faithful to the facts, takes the viewer inside the hubs of power and to the front lines of this historic mission, culminating in the special operations assault on a mysterious, suburban Pakistani compound.

But it is the lead-up to the raid that truly distinguishes Zero Dark Thirty from other accounts. The quest to find bin Laden was fraught with danger from the start, and not every U.S. operative survived. Some intelligence experts came to believe that the assignment was impossible to carry out, but on the ground a determined team of analysts and interrogators defied the odds and proved them wrong. For the first time, their struggle to find Osama bin Laden is told on the screen in electrifying detail.

Academy Award®-nominated actress JESSICA CHASTAIN (Maya) has emerged as one of Hollywood’s most sought after actors of her generation.

Following her whirlwind year in 2011 in which she received several nominations and accolades for her work from the LA Film Critics, British Academy of Film and Television, Broadcast Film Critics, HFPA, Screen Actors Guild and the Academy, she has an equally impressive year ahead.

She was last seen in The Weinstein Co’s Lawless, opposite Shia LaBeouf and Tom Hardy. Set in the Depression-era Franklin County, Virginia, the film directed by John Hillcoat and produced by Doug Wick is about a bootlegging gang who finds itself under violent pressure from authorities.

This year she also lent her voice to DreamWorks Animation’s Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted as the character of Gia the Jaguar. The film opened to huge numbers with outstanding reviews.

Chastain is currently on Broadway in a starring role in the Tony Award-winning play “The Heiress.”

Chastain recently wrapped production on Eleanor Rigby opposite James McAvoy, written and directed by Ned Benson.

In March 2013, Chastain will star in the horror film Mama directed by Andres Muschietti for Guillermo Del Toro’s production company Toma 78.

Chastain is best known for her role as Celia Foote, an insecure Southern lady constantly trying to fit in with the high society women who reject her on Dreamworks’ Academy Award®- nominated adaptation of the best-selling Kathryn Stockett novel The Help, which won numerous awards in 2011 including Chastain’s Oscar® nomination for Best Supporting Actress, Golden Globe nomination, Screen Actors Guild nomination and Critics’ Choice nomination.

Born and raised in Northern California, Chastain attended the Juilliard School in New York City. While there she starred in “Romeo and Juliet” and went on to receive glowing reviews for her performances in “The Cherry Orchard” opposite Michelle Williams at Williamstown, and Richard Nelson’s “Rodney’s Wife” opposite David Strathairn off-Broadway at Playwright’s Horizons.

Chastain returned to the stage in the Los Angeles Wadsworth Theatre production of “Salome,” where Academy Award® winners Estelle Parsons (director) and Al Pacino hand-picked her to play the title role opposite Pacino. Continuing the collaboration, producer Barry Navidi commenced the film version of “Salome,” entitled Wild Salome, directed by Pacino, where they filmed behind the scenes and portions of the play’s production.

This led to her landing the dynamic title role of Jolene in the Dan Ireland directed production opposite Rupert Friend, Frances Fisher and Dermot Mulroney. Chastain won the Best Actress Award at the 2008 Seattle Film Festival for this role. She stayed on stage in 2009, playing the role of Desdemona in the classic play “Othello” opposite Phillip Seymour Hoffman. Directed by Peter Sellars, the project ran beginning in Vienna, then Germany and finished in New York.

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