Jessica Chastain and Kristen Wiig Reportedly Vying For Female Lead in ‘The Martian’

By September 3, 2014

Director Ridley Scott seems to be in a little bit of hot water right now after the controversial casting in his upcoming film Exodus: Gods and Kings, but even though he’s 76 years old, he’s showing no signs of slowing down behind the camera. He’s developing a handful of projects, including sequels to Blade Runner and Prometheus, and his next one is The Martian, a sci-fi movie that was initially going to be directed by Drew Goddard before Goddard bailed in favor of directing The Sinister Six.

The Martian is based on a book by Andy Weir and stars Matt Damon as an astronaut who is accidentally left behind on Mars during a mission, and who must stay alive until the next group of astronauts arrives. Now Deadline reports that Jessica Chastain and Kristen Wiig are the two contenders for the lead role in the film, and their report claims that though talks are early, Chastain seems more likely to ultimately snag the part.

Kristen Wiig

If Chastain ends up with the role, it’ll be on the heels of her appearance in another sci-fi film, Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar. Wiig has dabbled a bit in sci-fi before, starring in the alien comedy Paul, but The Martian sounds like a much more straightforward drama, so we’ll have to wait and see who ends up starring opposite Matt Damon in the film. Speculation: is this role that of Damon’s love interest back home, who he might have hallucinations about (similar to what happened in the isolated James Franco-starrer 127 Hours)? Or perhaps a fellow astronaut, one who either leaves him behind or is on the way to retrieve him? I’m not sure because I haven’t read Weir’s novel, but it sounds like a hell of a story any way you look at it. We’ll keep you posted.

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  • Newman

    love sci-fi, personally would like to see Chastain for the part