The star of the upcoming “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them” has spoken out numerous times in recent weeks about the importance of women’s roles in films. Chastain told The Wrap that she was impatiently awaiting news of Scarlett Johansson’s solo superhero movie, playing Black Widow. To her, “it’s a no-brainer. You want to make money, put Scarlett Johansson in a superhero movie.”
She’s not wrong. Johansson’s “Lucy” was much less expensive to make than “Hercules,” which she beat at the box office when both films debuted the same weekend. Although Marvel has several “Iron Man” and “Thor” projects in the works, there has been no news about a feature for the character that Johansson deftly brings to life.
According to her interview with Vulture, Chastain thinks this is because of a “huge problem in American cinema where stories about women aren’t nurtured and celebrated and brought to the screen as often as stories about men.”
Although she’s specifically called out Johansson and Viola Davis, it seems that the actress would happily champion any woman stepping up to more roles in film.
Chastain is certainly a master in her craft, but we think the role we’re most excited for the actress to play is one she currently pulls off without a hitch: a champion for other women.
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