If you’re a big fan of Jessica Chastain, hold on to your hat, since I’ve got some news that you’ll certainly be happy to hear about. Apparently, you’re officially going to get three chances to see her work as the title character in The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby, which is from filmmaker Ned Benson and stars James McAvoy in addition to Chastain. The Weinstein Company has set release dates for all three versions of the film, starting off with The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them on September 12th. After that, on October 10th we’ll be getting The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him as well as The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Her. You can see a bit more below, but apparently the one two punch of The Disapearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him/Her is the way to see this movie, so that’s something beneficial to cinema on the whole. The flick is going to be an awards contender somehow, so it’ll just be a matter of figuring out how to campaign this as one actual contender and avoiding confusion…
Here’s the story from Deadline:
Writer-director Ned Benson’s film got a 10-minute standing-O at Cannes, where it screened at a single, cut-together narrative piece. That version, called The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby: Them, opens September 12 in limited release — two weeks earlier than originally planned. Now the Weinstein Company says it will bow the complete package, The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby: Him/Her, on October 10. Him/Her is two separate films, starring Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy as a couple whose marriage unravels, told from the man and the woman’s perspective. Nina Arianda, Jess Weixler, Viola Davis, Bill Hader, Ciarán Hinds, Isabelle Huppert and William Hurt co-star. Harvey Weinstein has promised a big awards push for the film and its leads.
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