Jessica Chastain -- the "It" actress who's likely to get an Oscar nomination for one of her umpteen-diddly movies of 2011, including 'The Help' and 'The Tree of Life' -- is now prepping to conquer Broadway. She'll make her Broadway debut this fall in 'The Heiress.' It's a role that won an Oscar for Olivia de Havilland back in 1950. Since she'll be playing an unattractive 19th-century heiress, she'll likely be "uglified" with heavy eyebrows, as was de Havilland.


This will also be the first Broadway venture for Paula Wagner, who'll co-produce. "I was immediately struck by Jessica's talent and skill when I saw her on stage opposite Al Pacino in Salome," Wagner told THR. "She is an actress with that rare ability to transition effortlessly between the stage and screen."

'The Heiress' premiered in 1947 and has had four previous Broadway productions. The last, in 1995, won Tony Awards for Best Revival and Lead Actress for Cherry Jones.

Chastain, a graduate of the Juilliard School of Drama, is nominated for a Golden Globe for her role in 'The Help' and an Independent Spirit Award for 'Take Shelter.' Her 2011 credits include 'The Tree of Life,' 'Coriolanus' and 'The Debt.'



[via THR]

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