Despite the strict moral codes of the time, Julie, the daughter of the Count, an Anglo-Irish aristocrat, is the sexual aggressor.
She attempts to seduce her father’s valet, Jean, played by Colin Farrell. The affair quickly becomes complicated.
It unfolds in 1890 near the end of the Victorian-era, when English society began its inexorable march into the Modern Age.
The underlying work is a play written by Swedish author August Strindberg in 1888. He explored class, love, lust and the battle of the sexes in Sweden. Although power, in all its many manifestations, was his principal interest.
The work takes place during the course of a midsummer night and charts the interaction between Julie, Jean and her omni-present father.
Miss Julie is will premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival this September. It’s one of three Chastain films in the works for 2014.
She’s also starring in “Interstellar,” Director Christopher Nolan’s take on space travel, starring Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Bill Irwin, Ellen Burstyn and Michael Caine.
Jessica will also star in “A Most Violent Year,” an action crime drama set in new York City.
Check out her “Miss Julie” trailer below. It’s meant for an international audience.