With the hopeful success of Michael Fassbender jumping off buildings, Ubisoft is gearing up for an adaptation of another one of their video games titled The Division, which already stars Jake Gyllenhaal. Now, THR reports Jessica Chastain may join the Nightcrawler star in the dystopian action thriller set in New York City after a smallpox outbreak leaves the world torn. Hollywood has long-since tried to bring video games to the big screen, usually with muddled results. Star caliber of this rate is a good starting point, but who is set to helm and pen the film will be the next test to see how serious Ubisoft is to make this work. Chastain was most recently seen in The Huntsman: Winter’s War, and she’s slated for six films over the next year. Gyllenhaal is also producing the film with Gerard Guillemot of Ubisoft.
In non-button-mashing news, it’s been reported that Oprah Winfrey is in final talks to re-team with Ava DuVernay‘s in her Selma follow-up A Wrinkle In Time, an adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle‘s Newbery Medal-winning novel from 1963. Kevin Hart and Amy Adams are also circling the film, which follows a young girl whose father has gone missing while he was away working on a project curiously known as the tesseract. (No, Loki adopted-son-of-Odin is nowhere near, though it does concern the fifth dimension with foreign, inhabited planets.) The adaptation is penned by Jennifer Lee, who wrote the Oscar-winning screenplay of Frozen, as well as the story for Zootopia.
Lastly, Deadline reports Ben Foster has joined Christian Bale and Rosamund Pike in Black Mass director Scott Cooper‘s latest crime drama Hostiles, which just began shooting in Sante Fe this week. Another historical piece, Hostiles goes further back than 1975’s Boston all the way to the Wild West of 1892. It concerns Bale’s Army Captain Joseph J. Blocker, a legendary soldier who reluctantly accepts the job of escorting a fatally wounded war chief (Wes Studi) to his familial land. Along their trek in the treacherous stretch between the recesses of New Mexico to Montana, they encounter a windowed young woman (Pike) who joins them on their journey.
The film also stars Stephen Lang, Michael Parks, Adam Beach, Q’orianka Kilcher, Jonathan Majors, Timothée Chalamet, Paul Anderson, Bill Camp, Peter Mullan, and Ryan Bigham, and is slated for release sometime next year.