Jessica Chastain and Anne Hathaway have been announced as the lead actresses in a new psychological thriller, Mothers' Instinct. The pair will portray 1960s housewives whose relationship takes a dark turn following a tragic accident that inserts feelings of guilt, paranoia and suspicion into their previously perfect friendship.
The film will see Chastain and Hathaway reunite for the first time on screen since starring in Christopher Nolan's 2014 blockbuster, Interstellar. In Mother's Instinct, Celine (Hathaway) and Alice (Chastain) are two best friends and neighbours who live the privileged, idealistic lifestyle of 1960s America – complete with perfectly manicured lawns, successful husbands and sons of the same age. Suddenly, their world's fold as an unexpected tragedy and the consequences that come with it severe their sisterly bond.
Director Olivier Masset-Depasse is at the helm of the English-language remake of his original 2018 Belgian movie Duelles. The film was met with critical acclaim, winning Masset-Depasse a record nine Magritte Awards from the Belgian Academy including Best Film and Best Director.
Watch the trailer for Duelles, below.
“It takes actors of Jessica and Anne’s caliber to communicate the intricacy of these two role,” Masset-Depasse said.
“The relationship between a mother and child is the most powerful connection between two human beings. When this bond is severed, it calls into question conventional morality and even sanity. In the behind-closed-doors atmosphere of 1960’s America, Mothers’ Instinct becomes a terrifying, high-pressure powder keg.”
Masset-Depasse's inspiration comes from the novel Derrière la Haine, by Barbara Abel and will be adapted for screen by scriptwriter Sarah Conradt.
Chastain and Hathaway have both kept fairly busy during this year. Chastain recently begun production opposite Oscar Isaac on Scenes From A Marriage, an adaption of Ingmar Bergman’s 1970s miniseries for HBO – and Hathaway is leading the cast in Robert Zemeckis’ update of Roal Dahl's The Witches.
While we don't have the release date for Mothers' Instinct just yet, be sure to watch this space for more details to come.