Golden Globe winner, Oscar nominee and The Heiress star Jessica Chastain has previously hinted about her newest project, but now it’s official: The actress will lead a new screen adaptation of August Strindberg’s Miss Julie alongside Hollywood hunk Colin Farrell and Samantha Morton, according to Variety. No shooting or release dates for the forthcoming film, to be helmed by director and actress Liv Ullmann (Faithless), have been set.
Set in 1874 in Sweden, Strindberg’s drama tells the story of a young woman (Chastain) who grapples with love, lust and social structure when she is drawn to a senior footman named Jean (presumably Farrell). Miss Julie originally opened on Broadway in 1913 at the 48th Street Theatre. In 2009, the Roundabout Theatre Company staged a production of After Miss Julie, a sequel to the classic play, set in 1945.
Chastain and Downton Abbey's Dan Stevens headline The Heiress, which is now scheduled to play through February 9. The Broadway newbie earned a Golden Globe and an Oscar nomination for Zero Dark Thirty, and can also currently be seen in movie theaters in Mama. Chastain also earned an Oscar nod for The Help. Her other film credits include Tree of Life, Take Shelter and Lawless.
Farrell earned a Golden Globe for In Bruges. His additional film and TV credits include Alexander, Total Recall, Phone Booth, Seven Psychopaths and Horrible Bosses.