Oscar Isaac Replaces Javier Bardem in ‘A Most Violent Year’

By December 3, 2013

J.C. Chandor

We just wrote this morning about how director J.C. Chandor is prepping a Vince Lombardi biopic, but the director isn’t finished making news today.

The filmmaker – who directed the financial crisis movie Margin Call and this year’s Academy Awards hopeful All is Lost – had originally lined up Javier Bardem to star in his next movie, A Most Violent Year. The period drama follows “a Hispanic man who immigrates to America and winds up a very successful businessman,” and takes place in 1981, which Chandor explained to THR, is “statistically speaking, is one of the most violent years on record.”

That plot summary may not sound like the most thrilling thing in the world, but in addition to Chandor being a talented filmmaker, here’s what really sold me on this: Jessica Chastain is playing the female lead. She’s been downright excellent in everything she’s touched over the past few years, and anything she deems worthy of being involved with is worth seeking out in my mind.


But getting around to the “news” part of this story, Chandor told THR last night that Bardem dropped out of the project after eight months because of disagreements over the direction of the script (which the director wrote). But now Oscar Isaac has stepped up to replace him, and the Inside Llewyn Davis star is certainly in-demand right now because of his work in the Coen Brothers’ latest. The movie officially comes out later this month, but our review from the New York Film Festival praises Isaac’s performance, and seeing him paired with Chastain under Chandor’s direction could be terrific. Filming is scheduled to start on A Most Violent Year in New York at the end of next month.

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