Jessica Chastain has a long history of bringing the stories of strong women to the big screen. Her latest, “The Zookeeper’s Wife,” looks to continue that tradition, if the first trailer for the film is any indication.
The official synopsis for the film is as follows:
The real-life story of one working wife and mother who became a hero to hundreds during World War II. In 1939 Poland, Antonina Żabińska (portrayed by two-time Academy Award nominee Jessica Chastain) and her husband, Dr. Jan Żabiński (Johan Heldenbergh of “The Broken Circle Breakdown”), have the Warsaw Zoo flourishing under his stewardship and her care. When their country is invaded by the Nazis, Jan and Antonina are stunned – and forced to report to the Reich’s newly appointed chief zoologist, Lutz Heck (Daniel Brühl of “Captain America: Civil War”). To fight back on their own terms, Antonina and Jan covertly begin working with the Resistance – and put into action plans to save lives out of what has become the Warsaw Ghetto, with Antonina putting herself and even her children at great risk.
Ultimately, Antonina and Jan would save over 300 people by hiding them in the empty animal cages.
Angela Workman adapted the screenplay from the nonfiction book by Diane Ackerman. In addition, Niki Caro (“Whale Rider”) directed the film.
Chastain is busy promoting her upcoming film “Miss Sloane.” The actress is being lauded for her work in the film, with some saying she could contend for Best Actress. Chastain has two previous nominations under her belt. Her performance in “Zero Dark Thirty” earned her a Best Actress nod, while she received a Best Supporting Actress nom for her work in “The Help.”
“Miss Sloane” hits theaters Nov. 25. “The Zookeeper’s Wife” releases on March 31, 2017.