Jessica Chastain (The Help) and Joel Edgerton (Warrior) are two of the more buzzed about actors working today, so it’s no surprise that they would have their choice of interesting projects. However, their latest career choices could offer something truly unique. The two have signed on to star in a double-feature film project for Myriad Pictures entitled The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: His and The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Hers. The films explore a couple’s relationship during a difficult time in their marriage. The His film will capture the perspective of Edgerton’s husband character, a restaurant owner, while the Hers film details the perspective of Chastain’s wife character who decides to go back to college. William Hurt is also in negotiations to join the cast in an unspecified role. The project is the brainchild of Ned Benson (In Defiance of Gravity), who wrote the two scripts and will direct both films.
It’s important to note that, while the two films are companion pieces to each other, they will also stand on their own. While I’m sure there are plenty of films to illustrate differing perspectives of a relationship, I can’t think of any others that divide those viewpoints into two films. It’s an interesting idea to be sure, but could it be the kind of thing that sounds good on paper and fails to follow through in execution? I’d certainly be willing to give these films a shot, especially considering the actors involved. What do you think of the concept behind The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: His and The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Hers?