James McAvoy Replacing Joel Edgerton in Two 'Eleanor Rigby' Films
Earlier this year, we wrote about a double feature called The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: His and The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Hers where each film will tell the story of a couple, Conor and Eleanor, during a difficult time in their marriage from each of their perspectives. Joel Edgerton was set to play restaurant owner Conor, but Deadline reports James McAvoy has replaced him and he'll star opposite Jessica Chastain, whose character goes back to college. Also, each film is now titled The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him & The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Her. Read on!
I'm kind of bummed about this news, because as much as I like McAvoy, I was really hoping to see the two rising stars of Edgerton and Chastain go toe to toe in an emotional drama. I'm sure McAvoy will be fine, but there's something special about watching two up-and-comers in a project like this because they still have that chip on their shoulder of being lesser known and they still feel like they have something to prove. Often that can result in overacting, but Edgerton and Chastain have always given very controlled performances and both are slowly rising on my list of favorite working actors. Oh well, at least we'll still be able to see those two share the screen in Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty this December. Ned Benson (In Defiance of Gravity) wrote and will direct both Him and Her, but there's no start date listed yet.