Jessica Chastain Throws Her Hat Into the Oscar Ring

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Is this the year of the long-overdue film actor? While Meryl Streep could well be looking at a record 20th Oscar nomination for “Florence Foster Jenkins,” a number of performers for whom the golden statue feels like a long time coming could populate this year’s list. Two-time nominee Viola Davis in “Fences,” three-time nominee Michelle Williams in “Manchester by the Sea,” and five-timer Amy Adams in both “Arrival” and “Nocturnal Animals,” for example, may all be vying for awards season glory.

Jessica Chastain, whose new movie “Miss Sloane” checks many of the boxes necessary for big awards consideration, is the newest such star to join the race. Oscar-nominated for both “The Help” and “Zero Dark Thirty,” the actor is known for her productivity (she’s appeared in almost 20 feature films in the last five years) as much as for her brilliantly crafted performances (she’s earned praise for all of them). Judging by the trailer below, Chastain could again be giving some of Hollywood’s most talented leading ladies a run for their money.

“Miss Sloane,” directed by John Madden (“Shakespeare in Love”) from a script from Jonathan Perera, and released by EuropaCorp, stars Chastain as a burned out Washington, D.C. lobbyist pushing for gun control legislation. As debates over the National Rifle Association’s power and the influence of political lobbyists continue to rage in real time, Madden’s film is sure to provide an electric dramatization of such issues—assisted by a deep bench of screen talents including Mark Strong, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Michael Stuhlbarg, Alison Pill, Jake Lacy, John Lithgow, and Sam Waterston.

See “Miss Sloane” out in theaters Dec. 9, and in the meantime, see Chastain’s inimitable steeliness in its new trailer.

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