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Jessica Chastain replaces Michelle Williams in upcoming HBO limited series Scenes From A Marriage

A major change is on the cards for HBO’s limited series drama Scenes From A Marriage.

Jessica Chastain is replacing Michelle Williams as the female lead role that will co-star opposite Oscar Issac, due to a scheduling conflict with Williams. 

Chastain and Isaac have plenty of history together as they were classmates at the prestigious Juilliard School in New York City, and they were the leading actors in the 2014 crime drama film A Most Violent Year.

Double duty: Chastain will also serve as an executive producer for the limited series

Double duty: Chastain will also serve as an executive producer for the limited series

Steps down: Michelle Williams reportedly had to drop out of Scenes From A Marriage due to scheduling conflicts

Steps down: Michelle Williams reportedly had to drop out of Scenes From A Marriage due to scheduling conflicts

Shake up: Jessica Chastain is taking over the female lead role for the upcoming HBO limited series Scenes From A Marriage from Michelle Williams

Scenes From A Marriage is an adaptation of a 1973 Swedish miniseries written and directed by Ingmar Bergman that starred Liv Ullmann and Erland Josephson. 

For the new series, Hagai Levi, the co-creator and co-producer of the Showtime drama series The Affair (2014-2019), will juggle the duties of writer, director and executive producer.

The new version will reexamine the original miniseries’ iconic depiction of love, hatred, desire, monogamy, marriage and divorce through the lens of a contemporary American couple, which will be played by Chastain and Isaac.       

History: Chastain and Issac have been friends for many years

History: Chastain and Issac have been friends for many years

Leading man: Oscar Issac plays the male lead opposite of Chastain in the limited series

Leading man: Oscar Issac plays the male lead opposite of Chastain in the limited series

History: Chastain and Issac were classmates at the Juilliard School in New York City

Williams will reportedly stay on as an executive producer along with Chastain, Levi , Issac, as well as Ellenberg via Media Res, Lars Blomgren, Daniel Bergman, Blair Breard, Amy Herzog, according to Deadline.

The series is a co-production with Media Res and Endeavor Content.

Shooting is expected to begin soon.  

History: Chastain and Issac starred in the 2014 crime drama film A Most Violent Year

History: Chastain and Issac starred in the 2014 crime drama film A Most Violent Year

History: Chastain and Issac starred in the 2014 crime drama film A Most Violent Year

Most recently, Chastain wrapped up shooting the international spy thriller film, The 355, that’s slated to premiere January 15, 2021. The star-studded cast also includes Lupita Nyong’o, Penélope Cruz, Diane Kruger, Fan Bingbing, Sebastian Stan and Édgar Ramírez.

The two-time Oscar-nominated actress will also star in the upcoming drama film The Eyes Of Tammy Faye and the American-British film The Forgiven.

Along with the scheduling conflict, Williams also has her hands full playing the attentive mommy role with the arrival of her second child in June; her first with new husband Thomas Kail.

Williams also has a 14-year-old daughter named Matilda, whom she shared with Heath Ledger until his death in 2008.      

Busy lady: Along with the scheduling conflict, Williams also has her hands full with the arrival of her second child in June; her first with new husband Thomas Kail

Busy lady: Along with the scheduling conflict, Williams also has her hands full with the arrival of her second child in June; her first with new husband Thomas Kail

Busy lady: Along with the scheduling conflict, Williams also has her hands full with the arrival of her second child in June; her first with new husband Thomas Kail

Source: Daily Mail | BBC News & Gossip

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