Jessica Chastain Talks Writing After Viral ‘Evelyn Hugo’ Moment – The Hollywood Reporter

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Jessica Chastain is speaking out about her rule of thumb after a viral video shows her refusing to sign a copy of a book she’s not currently associated with for a planned change.

A video that recently gained attention on TikTok shows Chastain choosing not to sign a copy of author Taylor Jenkins Reid’s 2017 novel Evelyn Hugo’s Seven Men as she meets fans in New York City after a performance of her Broadway revival A Doll’s House. Chastain, who has been the subject of fan campaigns to star as the book’s character Celia St. James, to the fan in the TikTok video, “I can’t sign that, just because I don’t do it.” Chastain remained cheerful in the film and posed for a selfie with the person.

“I’ve been asked several times by fans to sign books that I’m not contractually bound to,” said the Oscar winner. fall Wednesday. “Because it feels wrong, and because I’m taking credit for someone else’s work, I’ll say I can’t sign because I’m not doing it. That doesn’t mean I’ve read a bad script. “

She put in a review fall, “I know how excited you are about changes. Please don’t read too much into a video. There is no news about anything. Except that I’m on stage until June 10. Hope to see you.”

The Hollywood Reporter has contacted Chastain’s representatives for further comment.

A film version of the best-selling book is in development at Netflix, by Liz Tigelaar (Small fires everywhere) is writing the screenplay, while Jenkins Reid and Margeret Chernin are executive producing. Jenkins Reid’s novel 2019 Daisy Jones and the Six it was made into an Amazon series starring Riley Keough that launched last month.

At a January appearance on Bravo’s Watch what’s happening live!host Andy Cohen asked Chastain if she is aware that many book fans want to see her in the Evelyn Hugo film. “I know there’s an online thing about it,” said the George & Tammy the actor responded at the time. “Sure, send me a script.”

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