Jessica Chastain may create a little magic this weekend when Guillermo Del Toro’s ‘Mama’ opens for business. Chastain could possibly be starring in the number 1 and number 2 box-office movies by Monday. That would make her Hollywood’s favorite color…green…as in dough, Jane Dough!
Riding a wave of critical and monetary success Chastain has appeared and starred in an amazing number of award winning films the past few years, including ‘The Help’, ‘The Debt’, ‘The Tree of Life’ and ‘Zero Dark Thirty’, this week’s box-office champ. In it Jessica plays a CIA agent on the hunt for Bin Ladin. Her character is mesmerizingly and compulsively taut and adds greatly to the tension that propels this film at such a breath-taking pace. It is also a role that earned her a Golden Globe for best dramatic performance. And now comes Del Toro’s horror thriller, opening this weekend with lots of advance buzz. This time Chastain plays the reluctant adopter of two of the scariest little girls to ever grace a screen or a scream. If the trailer is half as creepy as the film then it should be pure gold. This is one sick mama!
Of course this one-two punch could be upended by another Jane Dough - Jennifer Lawrence – who’s ‘Silver Linings Playbook’ goes into full national release this week. Lawrence, another Tinsel Town greenie who will be ‘Catching Fire’ in November of this year, shows a deft comedic touch and plays well with Bradley Cooper in this story of life and love looking from the outside in…a different kind of rom-com-dram that garnered ‘The Hunger Games’ huntress a Golden Globe for best performance in a comedy/musical. Move over Julia and Angelina – these Jane Doughs are rising fast!