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Jessica Chastain to Play Ingrid Bergman in New Film

Variety logo Variety 5/20/2017 Brent Lang
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Jessica Chastain will play screen icon Ingrid Bergman in “Seducing Ingrid Bergman,” Variety has confirmed. She will produce, as well star as the Oscar-winning Swedish actress in the upcoming period piece.

The film centers on Bergman’s romance with Robert Capa, a photo journalist famed for his images of combat. The picture is set in the aftermath of World War II and extends to the dawn of the McCarthy hearings into communist subversion. No director has been attached, but Arash Amel (“Grace of Monaco”) wrote the screenplay.

YRF Entertainment is producing and brokered the deal with Freckle Films. YRF head Uday Chopra will produce alongside Chastain and Amel. There is currently no release date for “Seducing Ingrid Bergman” scheduled.

Chastain earned Academy Award nominations for “Zero Dark Thirty” and “The Help.” She scored a box office hit last spring with “The Zookeeper’s Wife,” but had a dud with last winter’s “Miss Sloane.” Later this year, Chastain will star in “Molly’s Game” from Aaron Sorkin. Bergman’s film credits include the iconic “Casablanca,” “Gaslight,” and “Notorious.”

Deadline first broke the news of her involvement in c.” CAA represents Chastain.

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