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Jessica Chastain is playing Ingrid Bergman

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Jessica Chastain is set to throw herself into the role of a Hollywood legend, with Deadline reporting that the Zero Dark Thirty star will play the title role in Seducing Ingrid Bergman. The film—based on a 2012 historical novel by Chris Greenhalgh, which fictionalized the viewpoints of its two leads—tracks the extramarital romantic entanglements between the Casablanca actress and photographer Robert Capa, which began in Paris in the aftermath of World War II, and continued when they both returned to the States in the era of the McCarthy Communism witch hunts.

(Not to go off on too much of a tangent, but Capa is a pretty fascinating figure in his own right; he grew up in Europe, departing Hungary, and then Germany, as the rise of fascism spread. As a combat photographer, he threw himself into situations of almost unimaginable danger; most notably, he was the only press photographer with the first wave of troops at Omaha Beach on D-Day, and his shots of the landing reportedly helped inspire Steven Spielberg’s Saving Private Ryan.)


The film has yet to lure in a director. Meanwhile, Chastain is currently serving as a juror at Cannes, while her next film—Aaron Sorkin’s directorial debut, Molly’s Game—is expected out some time later this year.

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