Monday, 22 August 2016

Jessica Chastain set to join Jake Gyllenhaal in The Division

With Jake Gyllenhaal (Nightcrawler) already in place, Ubisoft game adaptation The Division is upping its star quotient even further. News arrives via The Hollywood Reporter that Jessica Chastain (The Martian) is now in the midst of making a deal to join Gyllenhaal.

The new movie will be based on the game's basic story, in which the player becomes an agent off the Strategic Homeland Division, which is looking for the origins of a devastating smallpox outbreak. As the Division begins to rebuild its operation in a dystopian New York City, it will also have to deal with the crime that has erupted in the wake of the epidemic.

There are no further details on who Gyllenhaal and Chastain will be playing, though we would figure they will be operatives working for the titular organisation. Ubisoft are currently putting all the pieces in place, so we should expect a director to be announced anytime soon. And The Division is just the latest game to film project from the company, which also has Assassin's Creed on the way, starring Michael Fassbender (Prometheus).

Chastain has worked on several films recently, including Miss Sloane and The Zookeeper's Wife. She is also attached to star in Aaron Sorkin's (The Social Network) directorial debut, Molly's Game.

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