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Jessica Chastain Reunites With The Help Director For Assassin Film Project

Filmmaker Tate Taylor will be taking over as director for the Jessica Chastain indie action film project Eve, according to The Hollywood Reporter. This project reunites Taylor with Chastain, whom he directed in her Oscar-nominated performance in The Help back in 2011. Taylor’s addition comes after the previous director dropped out due to a mounting backlash.

Matthew Newton, the writer/director of Who We Are Now and From Nowhere, was originally signed on to direct the film. However, word spread of the filmmaker’s multiple accusations of assault and domestic violence, including a petition by Care2 that circulated and made its way to Chastain, who stars in and serves as producer on the film. The petition asked that Chastain, a vocal leader in the Time’s Up Movement, drop Newton from the project. In 2010, the filmmaker’s then-fiancée accuses him of “two unproved assaults” and earned him a two-year domestic violence order against him. Newton later breaches that order.

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Two weeks ago, Newton exited the project with the following statement:

“Yesterday I notified Jessica Chastain and the other producers on the film Eve that I will be stepping down as director. Since the announcement of this film, the responses, which are powerful and important, have not fallen on deaf ears. I am profoundly aware that I have a responsibility to lead where I have failed in the past.”

Taylor has also directed Get On Up and The Girl On The Train. He will also be working with Chastain on the film The Eyes Of Tammy Faye, which Chastain is also starring in and producing.

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Source: The Hollywood Reporter.

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