Just 10 days ago we announced that acclaimed Actor Jessica Chastain was all set to star in Action film Eve that was written and directed by Matthew Newton.
Now we have learnt that Newton has exited the project.
The news of Newton an Australian director’s hire caused a backlash against the project and Chastain, who’s a strong voice in the current #MeToo movement and the Time’s Up campaign. Newton had pleaded guilty in his home country to assaulting his girlfriend back in 2007.
Eve has faced a lot of back lash every since the film was announced . Newton released a statement which is as follows.
Yesterday I notified Jessica Chastain and the other producers on the film EVE that I will be stepping down as director. Since the announcement of this film, the responses, which are powerful and important, have not fallen on deaf ears. I am profoundly aware that I have a responsibility to lead where I have failed in the past. I can never undo the harm that I’ve caused the people I’ve cared about and I carry that shame and responsibility with me every day. Over the past eight years I have been working extensively with healthcare professionals to help me overcome my addiction and mental health illness. For the past six years I have lived a quiet and sober life. All I can do now is try to be a living amends and hopefully contribute to the positive change occurring in our industry.”
Though Matthew will still be credited as a writer, he will have to forfeit his direction advance. A replacement is currently being hunted we have learn’t from our sources a female director is being approached to helm the project.
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