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Jessica Chastain and Joel Edgerton Team for Double Feature ‘Eleanor Rigby’

Written by on February 2, 2012 

Whenever we hear of actors locking themselves into multiple-picture deals, it’s — almost without exception — for the kind of film that takes its inspiration from comic books, TV shows, board games, things of that sort. That makes Variety‘s report all the more intriguing, wherein we learn that Joel Edgerton and Jessica Chastain — both of whom will star for Kathryn Bigelow this year — have signed to lead two films from Myriad Pictures: The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: His and The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Hers.

If you think that’s out of the ordinary, take heed of the notice that either have been written and are set to be directed by Ned Benson, yet “will be stand-alone movies.” But they have to be connected in some way, right? Kirk D’Amico of Myriad cleared some of this up to Variety, saying that Benson has crafted “two different scripts to tell the story” — while hinting that it’s about perspective, above all else. Then, he revealed to THR that those involved to “make both films work on their own, both for the buyers but also for the audiences,” but that “[together], these films will describe a fully, more complete look at these characters and their lives.” Now it makes a little more sense. Odd, yes, but actually more interesting.

You probably want to know what it’s about by now, so I’ll go and repeat Variety’s summary: “[A] love story [that] explores a New York City couple’s relationship during a difficult time in their marriage from the perspectives of the restaurant owner husband and of the wife, who goes back to college.” You know who’s playing who.

Here, I’m a little worried that the unique concept behind the stories — and, even, their release — overshadow the actual projects because, to this writer, it sounds pretty damn promising on a dramatic and acting level. It’s much like today’s other pairing, in the sense that I get hopeful and jazzed and all those other adjectives just reading about it. Plus, with any luck, we’ll get a great Beatles song thrown in the mix.

Hey, you can listen to that below:

What do you think of Eleanor Rigby, from what’s been said thus far?

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