Marvel, you don’t appear to be listening to us when we clamor for a Black Widow movie. But will you listen to Jessica Chastain? We’re plebes, but she’s a multiple Oscar-nominated actress, icon of class and style, and a crusader against the way the media pits women against one another. You don’t want to disappoint her, do you?
Via The Wrap:
“Where is the Scarlett Johansson superhero movie? I don’t understand it, why is it taking so long for this?” Chastain asked TheWrap, rhetorically and with no small degree of animation. “This woman clearly shows that people want to go see her in the movies. Lucy, didn’t it beat Hercules by a lot opening weekend, when it was made for a lot less? [Yup] She shows that she kicks ass, she’s a great actress. Under the Skin is an incredible film, and why are we still waiting for a go-ahead on a superhero movie starring Scarlett Johansson?
“To me, it’s a no-brainer,” she added. “You want to make money, put Scarlett Johansson in a superhero movie!”
It’s nothing we haven’t heard—and said—before, but it’s nice to see people who aren’t living in the bubble of Internet nerddom, like I and a lot of you do, asking “Yeah, why isn’t there a Scarlett Johansson superhero movie yet?” Then again, maybe Jessica Chastin is a giant nerd who whiles away her hours on geek entertainment blogs. Maybe she’s reading this right now.
Hi, Jessica! Loved you in Take Shelter!
Chastain went on to discuss female representation in film as it relates to her her new movie The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby, which has three versions: One that focuses on her character, one that focuses on James McAvoy’s character, and one that combines both of their perspectives. (I’ve seen that last one—it’s good. You should go.) The multiple movies came about, in fact, because she suggested to writer/director Ned Benson that her character needed more fleshing out from what was in the original script. “It’s a fact, the majority of films in Hollywood are from the male perspective,” explains Chastain. “And the female characters, very rarely do they get to speak to another female character in a movie, and when they do it’s usually about a guy, not anything else. So they’re very male-centric, Hollywood films, in general. So I think it’s incredible that Ned Benson, when I said I’d love to know where she goes, says okay I’m going to write another film from the female perspective.”
Can Hollywood listen to Jessica Chastain more? She knows what’s up.
- “We’re working on it!”
- “We won’t be swayed by fan backlash!”
- “Black Widow’s already so great as a supporting character!”