Jessica Chastain in Talks to Star in Tom Clancy’s THE DIVISION with Jake Gyllenhaal
Jessica Chastain (Inception, Zero Dark Thirty) is in talks to star alongside Jake Gyllenhaal in the big screen adaptation of the Tom Clancy video game The Division. The game was released earlier this year, and it was a huge success for Ubisoft, who is also producing the film.
The story for The Division is set in the wake of a devastating pandemic that sweeps through New York City, basic services fail one by one, and without access to food or water, the city quickly descends into chaos. Chastain is a talented actress and this seems like it could be a fun project for her. There are no details on the character that she will be playing, but I'm sure we'll learn more if she ends up being officially cast.
Here's a more detailed summary for the game:
In 2001, an operation known as "Dark Winter" was launched which was a real-world exercise that tested the emergency response to a bioterror attack on the United States. The simulation spiraled out of control within a few days, and predicted that a "breakdown in essential institutions," civil disorder, and massive civilian casualties. This event came true when a virus was created that attached to bank notes (Nicknamed the Green flu due to its origination in America), circulated on Black Friday causing within a day an international pandemic. Manhattan, where the gameplay is set, is where the virus originated and the effects of the viral pandemic was the worst. The player is an agent of the Strategic Homeland Division, and he is tasked with helping to rebuild the Division’s operations in Manhattan, investigating the nature of the outbreak and combating criminal activity in its wake.
Ubisoft has got a couple other film projects in the pipeline such as Assassin's Creed with Michael Fassbender and Splinter Cell with Tom Hardy. Ubisoft has an opportunity to make some great films. They've got some solid talent attached to these projects so I'm excited to see how they turn out.