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Jessica Chastain is currently in negotiations to join Ubisoft’s Motion Pictures video game adaption The Division, according to the EW.com.
Chastain will star alongside previously cast Jake Gyllenhaal, who has signed on to star and produce. This is the third video game film on Ubisoft’s film roster which also includes Assassins’ Creed starring Michael Fassbender and Splinter Cell with Tom Hardy.
Gyllenhaal and Chastain’s character will be part of a unit known as The Division, also known as the Strategic Homeland Division, a group of agents sent to investigate a viral pandemic in post-apocalyptic New York.
Ubisoft is doing its best to finally make the video game film genre a successful one, and due to the disappointing box office of $160 million dollar budgeted Warcraft earlier this summer, it has its work cut out for them. They seem to be taking the approach of hiring strong directors and actors, instead of relying on special effects. Both Assassins’ Creed and Splinter Cell both star Academy Award nominated actors and are by acclaimed directors. Justin Kurzel directed Fassbender in 2015’s Macbeth, and acclaimed action director Doug Liman was previously attached to direct Splinter Cell.
As of now there are no official release dates for Splinter Cell and The Division. Assassins’ Creed is scheduled to arrive in theaters December 21, 2016.