Jessica Chastain just might be the biggest new star of 2011.
If you're an early award-season follower, you've known Jessica's name for awhile because her name has shown up for the past couple years as a potential Oscar contender if the film Tree of Life were to come out that year.
So, for the past couple year, this unknown has been on the radar for an unseen role under the hand of a creative director and it's strong cast.
Somehow, whether it's true or not, I have to wonder whether some of that potential Oscar glory put her on the radar for other projects...and when I say other projects, I mean projects that somehow are all being released the fall of 2011.
Prior to 2011, Jessica Chastain's primary credit included star of independent film Jolene (2008).
Tree of Life (May 27, 2011)
The Help (August 10, 2011)
Wild Salome (September 3, 2011 - Venice)
The Debt (September 4, 2011)
Take Shelter (September 30, 2011)
Texas Killing Fields (October 14, 2011)
Coriolanus (Late 2011 award run expected)
And it doesn't dry up there, Chastain is back with more roles in 2012.
With this prolific line up you'd think that it would just take a little nudge to get into an Oscar race, somehow, someway.
And while supporting nominations could show up for Take Shelter, The Help, or Tree of Life, she's not quite a front-runner at this point.
But I have a feeling if you hit up your local independent movie theater, they're showing something with Jessica in it....something.