James McAvoy Replacing Joel Edgerton in Two 'Eleanor Rigby' Films

May 22, 2012
Source: Deadline

James McAvoy

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.

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I havent seen a marketing gimmick this lame since the movie Clue was released in 1985 with 3 different endings. This will fail at the box office assuming its not DTV.

Bobo_Vision on May 22, 2012


When will these 2 movies release??? 2013? 2014? or 2012?

SomeONe on May 23, 2012


Read the last sentence once more.

Miguel Angel Portela on May 23, 2012


i really don't see why 2 movies are needed....many movies have told a story from 2 different perspectives and succeeded..... with just 1 movie. anyways, if these 2 movies tell as good a story about a crumbling relationship as "revolutionary road" did, then it'll be worth a watch.

beevis on May 23, 2012


Very cool movies, awesome without doubt Big Fan of James McAvoy either Jessica Chasstain is Phenome. Very good young astonishing gathering Film hit & become memorables But my argument with Mc Avoy is he is not change his style, he is very specified and anticipate , Mc Avoy'wanted is Mc Avoy X-men and also last station and atonement but also he is very believable and cool guy. I Wana say : mr.Mc Avoy think to the Oscar , this movies is your chance, go inside of our heart, don't act be act , yes Oscar is not everything but it is really good target for you to be memorable in my mind and my heart I know , he is so young and very bright shining future ahead of him This can be turning point for him Surprise Us ! Surprise Us !

Ehsan Davodi on May 23, 2012


Very much looking forward to this. I love those dual pov things like Tokyo Marble Chocolate.

Miguel Angel Portela on May 23, 2012


Glad to see sometime new being tried.  Too much of the same in film making. It'll be fun to watch how this rolls out.  And as to McAvoy....he can play anything & make it look like he is not acting, always a great choice in a risky part.

Danala22 on May 23, 2012

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