Jessica Chastain and Anne Hathaway’s ‘Mothers’ Instinct’ Is Casting

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Stay in the loop on industry and casting news with our write-up on who’s been slated for recent film and television roles.

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Mothers’ Instinct

Freshly minted Academy Award winner Jessica Chastain and 2013 best supporting actress winner Anne Hathaway, who co-starred in Christopher Nolan’s “Interstellar,” are teaming up for a new psychological drama. They’re slated to star in the 1960s-set “Mothers’ Instinct,” a film adaptation of 2018 Belgian feature “Duelles,” which is itself an adaptation of Barbara Abel’s 2013 novel “Derrière la Haine.” As the Olivier Masset-Depasse–directed movie’s title implies, Chastain and Hathaway will star as a pair of housewives and mothers who are neighbors and best friends. They bond over their successful husbands, their young sons, and their perfect lawns. But their lives are flipped upside down when one of them loses her child in a tragic accident. Casting director Avy Kaufman is assembling an ensemble to join the two leads. Production will start in late May in the United States and Luxembourg.

Praise This

Filmmaker Tina Gordon is set to write and direct “Praise This,” a new comedy feature from Universal Pictures. Initially announced in summer 2019 for a 2020 release, the film was put on hold due to the pandemic. But the project, set in the cutthroat world of youth choir competitions, is ready to pick up production this June in Atlanta. Gordon, known for “Little,” “What Men Want,” and “Drumline,” rewrote the script from an original draft by Camilla Blackett, Jana Savage, Brandon Broussard, and Hudson Obayuwana. She is the only name currently attached to the project. Considering the film’s premise, it’s safe to say that Kim Coleman Casting will be looking for actors with musical chops who can also land a joke. 

Untitled National Parks Drama

The United States’ National Parks are home to serene natural wonders—and, according to a new primetime drama, plenty of secrets, too. ABC and A&E Networks are tackling the mysterious criminal goings-on within these parks in a new untitled procedural from “9-1-1: Lone Star” executive producer Rashad Raisani. Following the National Parks’ Investigative Services Branch, which covers more than 81,000 square miles of wilderness, the drama series has yet to announce any actors on its roster. Casting is underway with Veronica Collins Rooney in preparation for a mid-May production start in and around New Mexico. 

This story originally appeared in the Apr. 7 issue of Backstage Magazine.