“The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby,” which will be told in two films from “His” and “Hers” perspectives — those of husband and wife James McAvoy and Jessica Chastain — has rounded out its casting with Isabelle Huppert, Viola Davis, William Hurt, Nina Arianda, Ciaran Hinds, Bill Hader and Jess Weixler.
Ned Benson (“In Defiance of Gravity”) wrote the two scripts and will direct both films, which will stand on their own. Each explores half of a whole story. McAvoy will play a restaurant owner whose marriage begins unraveling when his wife (Chastain) returns to college, resulting in a shattering emotional rift between them.
Chastain and Davis were fixtures on the Awards circuit last year (both for “The Help,” Chastain also had “The Tree of Life”), while McAvoy (“Atonement,” “Last King of Scotland,” “Wanted”) held his own as Charles Xavier in “X-Men: First Class,” across from scene-stealing Michael Fassbender. Hurt’s been busy, playing Hank Paulson in HBO’s “Too Big to Fail” along with such indie and supporting roles as “The Yellow Handkerchief,” “Late Bloomers” and “Robin Hood.”
Huppert (“The Piano Teacher,” “White Material”), one of France’s finest exports, appeared in two of this year’s Cannes-premiering films, Michael Haneke’s “Amour” and Hong Sang-soo’s “In Another Country,” from South Korea. And theater star Arianda, who will play Chastain and McAvoy’s therapist, also recently snagged the lead in the Janis Joplin biopic, “Janis.”
The Myriad Pictures production is currently filming.