Jessica Chastain is a talented actress who’s done her fair share of frock flicks. And, team redhead! Let’s take a look:
Charlotte in Blackbeard (2006)
A TV miniseries set in 1717 (allegedly), about the famous pirate Blackbeard. Chastain is clearly the ingenue. I half want to watch this for snark week.
Mary Debenham in Poirot: “Murder on the Orient Express” (2010)
THE classic Agatha Christie tale.
Celia in The Help (2011)
She’s the ditzy, socially ostracized lady who hires the disgraced Minny, an African American maid.
Mrs. O’Brien in The Tree of Life (2011)
“The story of a family in Waco, Texas in 1956. The eldest son witnesses the loss of innocence and struggles with his parents’ conflicting teachings,” per IMDB.
Maggie Beaufort in Lawless (2012)
A film about outlaw bootleggers in the 1930s. I’m unclear who Chastain plays, but she’s the lead female actor and clearly down with the outlaws.
Miss Julie in Miss Julie (2014)
An adaptation of the 1890-set August Strindberg play, about the power struggle between a rich lady and her servant. I’m never going to watch it, because this dress is nothing compared to Sandy Powell’s design for the 1999 version.
Lucille Sharpe in Crimson Peak (2015)
She’s the creepy sister in this late 19th century-set horror film … that features STUNNING costumes, especially on Chastain!
Catherine Weldon in Woman Walks Ahead (2017)
In the 1890s, a real-life painter goes to Dakota to paint famed chief Sitting Bull.
Antonina Zabinska in The Zookeeper’s Wife (2017)
During World War II, a married couple — who are zookeeper’s — save hundreds of people and animals.
Tammy Faye Bakker in The Eyes of Tammy Faye (2021)
Just on the cusp of our period cut-off, but her performance — as the famous televangelist — is too good not to include.
Tammy Wynette in George & Tammy (2022-23)
A TV mini-bio-series about the country musicians Wynette and George Jones. Definitely on my list, but then I love my biopics!
Which is your favorite of Jessica Chastain’s frock flick roles?