Chastain and Isaac (“Inside Llewyn Davis”) plays the heads of an oil business who get caught up in the New York City criminal underworld during the winter of 1981. Chandor, Oscar-nominated for “Margin Call” and acclaimed for “All Is Lost,” directs his own original screenplay. (Watch the new “Most Violent Year” trailer below.)
All Academy bets are off until we see its world premiere on Thursday, November 6 when it opens AFI Fest in Hollywood. (It also plays MoMA’s Contenders series in NY on November 13.) A24 inked rights to the hotly buzzed title back in January and will release it in NY and LA on December 31, before a national rollout in January.
Chastain will go Supporting Actress for both “Most Violent Year” and “Interstellar,” whose Oscar fate is also hanging in the balance. At this point these are the only options for the acclaimed, two-time Academy nominee. Her “Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby” receded quickly this Fall, as did “Miss Julie” which failed to take off in Toronto (though Wrekin Hill promises a December release date).
HitFix’s Kris Tapley has just posted an interview with Chandor, who’s clearly excited about a possible breakout hit. (His debut “Margin Call” played like gangbusters on VOD.) Chandor reveals that the leading role played by Gotham Award nominee Oscar Isaac was originally written for Javier Bardem, who wanted “to move the script into this very black and white place,” he tells Tapley.
Chandor says he’s more interested in the “gray area,” as “A Most Violent Year” dwells heavily in moral quandaries and the right and wrong (you can see Chastain Lady Macbeth-ing all over the place in the new trailer, below). Chandor spent seven months writing with Bardem before the collaboration fizzled. But he says that Isaac’s “performance is so subtle and cool,” and that he and Chastain are “firing on all cylinders.”
“A Most Violent Year” co-stars Alessandro Nivola, Albert Brooks, Catalina Sandino Moreno and up-and-coming “Selma” star David Oyelowo. This is a Participant Media, Washington Square Films, Before the Door and FilmNation coproduction.