Jessica Chastain to make gun control drama in Toronto

Pop Goes The News — A timely film about gun control in America will be shot in Toronto early next year.

In Miss Sloane, Jessica Chastain plays the titular Washington lobbyist who takes on the powerful gun lobby to pass an amendment enforcing stricter gun control laws.

The political thriller will be directed by John Madden (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Shakespeare in Love) from a script by Jonathan Perera. Cameras are scheduled to roll in February or early March.

No other casting information for Miss Sloane has been announced.

EuropaCorp CEO Christophe Lambert said the film’s subject matter “is an incredibly important issue in today’s world.”

Lambert’s company acquired worldwide rights to the film in a deal brokered at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival.

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Chastain, who earned Oscar nominations for Zero Dark Thirty and The Help, is no stranger to working in Canada. She made this year’s Crimson Peak and 2013’s Mama in Southern Ontario and last year’s Interstellar in Alberta.

Madden directed most of the 2008 crime drama Killshot in and around Toronto.

The city has frequently stood in for Washington on the big screen, including for this year’s flop Pixels, 1999’s Dick and 1997’s Murder at 1600.

Also shooting in Toronto early in 2016 is Backstabbing For Beginners starring Josh Hutcherson and Ben Kingsley, and Downsizing starring Matt Damon and Reese Witherspoon.