Jessica Chastain graces the silver screen once again with the film adaptation of Diane Ackerman’s 2007 novel “The Zookeeper’s Wife.”
In the film Chastain plays historic figure Antonina Zabinska, a Polish woman who smuggled Jews out of the country when it was occupied during WWII.
“We have room. We could hide them,” says Chastain’s Zabinska in the trailer. “Bring as many as you can.”
Chastain, who commits her time off-screen to gender equality in the industry, recently told Variety the importance of working with female directors and producers, such as “The Zookeeper’s Wife” director Niki Caro.
“What am I contributing to the world? How am I helping: am I asking questions about how our society runs and who we value and who we listen to and who we ignore?” Chastain asked herself. “I’ve always worked with female directors. I’m looking to work with a female filmmaker every year. That’s my goal. They’re not given the same opportunities so if I have any influence in choosing a film or a script or finding a director I’m absolutely going to make a difference…”
Inspired by a true story, the film is set directly after the Nazi invasion of Poland in 1939. Zabinska runs the Warsaw Zoo along with her husband, Dr. Jan Zabinski (Johan Heldenbergh). When they are forced to report to the Third Reich’s appointed chief zoologist, Lutz Heck (Daniel Bruhl), Antonina and Jan work together to with the resistance to smuggle Jews out of the nearby Warsaw Ghetto.
“The Zookeeper’s Wife” will be released in U.S. theaters on March 31, 2017.