Dermot Mulroney, Donald Sutherland, Michael Vartan and Denise Richards have joined the cast of Jolene, director Dan Ireland's new film starring newcomer Jessica Chastain in the title role. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Rupert Friend and Theresa Russell also are starring.
Jolene, which is shooting in Arizona, is being produced by Next Turn Productions' Riva Yares, who originally optioned the story, and Zachary Matz, who produced Ireland's most recent film, the indie hit Mrs. Palfrey at the Claremont. Its screenplay was written by Dennis Yares.
The project is based on E.L. Doctorow's tale "Jolene: A Life," from the 2004 collection "Sweet Land Stories." It centers on a red-haired heroine (Chastain) whose cross-country adventures beginning at age 15 are tracked over the course of a decade.
Mulroney plays Uncle Phil, a devilish Southerner who captures the heart of the teenage Jolene, stealing her away from her husband, who is his nephew.
Sutherland is taking on the role of Sal, an ex-mobster in Las Vegas.
Vartan plays Brad, a rich fundamentalist from Texas who marries Jolene.
Richards has the role of Marin, who shows up to reclaim her two-timing husband, who is married to Jolene.