With an 18-month or more political cycle in the US, media outlets are flooding the public with non-stop coverage of both the shocking and mundane things candidates are doing and saying. The heightened, albeit temporary, political awareness is the perfect time for Hollywood to capitalize on their own political dramas. Miss Sloane, starring Jessica Chastain, is a film that aims to capture the effort put into lobbying and total disregard for anything other than winning.
As Elizabeth Sloane, Chastain steps into the perfectly tailored suit of a Washington gun control lobbyist. With awards for previous roles in The Help and Zero Dark Thirty, and a stand out performance in The Debt, Chastain has proven she’s got the presence to carry a film. It seems like political thrillers could be her specialty with the news that she’s being courted for a lead in the film adaptation of Tom Clancy’s The Division video game.
EW has released an exclusive trailer [above] and poster [below] for the upcoming Miss Sloane. The trailer is set to hit theaters this weekend attached to Bridget Jones’s Baby. Directed by John Madden (The Debt) and scripted by Jonathan Perrera, the film also stars Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Belle, Free State of Jones), Alison Pill (The Newsroom, The Family), Mark Strong (Kingsman: The Secret Service), Sam Waterston (Law & Order, Grace and Frankie), and John Lithgow (Interstellar, The Accountant).
In an earlier interview with EW, Chastain made it clear that the film does not explore the highly volatile topic of gun control in order to sway audiences one way or the other. As evidenced in the trailer, Miss Sloane delves into the inner workings of the kinds of tactics and underhanded dealing that go into setting things in motion in the American political system. Madden acknowledges that this is typically the kind of role that would be given to a male actor, but he believed Jessica Chastain was uniquely qualified for the role, saying:
“The first moment I read the script I thought that the role belonged to Jessica. She has a reputation now as [the type of actor that] people expect to see a level of performance from her that’s commanding and detailed and unusual. From tremendous strength and drive on the one hand and fragility and vulnerability on the other. And the scale on this film calls for both of those two things.”
It’s release later in the year is sure to set up a big push for both her and the film during award season. While very few would doubt Chastain’s ability to captivate an audience, is Miss Sloane hitting at a time when American political fatigue will be at an all time high?
Miss Sloane will be released in theaters on December 9th, 2016.