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Matthew Newton, Director of Jessica Chastain's 'Eve,' Drops Out Amid Controversy

Matthew Newton has dropped out of Jessica Chastain‘s upcoming Eve.

The 41-year-old actor, writer and director made the announcement in a statement on Friday (August 10).

Matthew faced much backlash and a petition after being announced as the director of the project due to his history of alleged assault and domestic violence.

“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,” he said.

In 2007, Matthew pled guilty to physically assaulting his then girlfriend, actress Brooke Satchwell. In 2010, his then-fiancee Rachael Taylor accused him of “two unprovoked assaults” and was granted a two-year domestic violence order against him, which he later breached according to THR.

The upcoming action film, which Jessica will both produce star in, is said to be a character study.

Jessica Chastain Joins 'It: Chapter Two' Adult Cast at Table Read

Production has started on the upcoming movie It: Chapter Two and the cast has assembled for a table read!

The movie’s official Twitter account shared a photo of Jessica Chastain (Beverly Marsh), James McAvoy (Bill Denbrough), Isaiah Mustafa (Mike Hanlon), Jay Ryan (Ben Hanscom), James Ransone (Eddie Kaspbrak), Bill Hader (Richie Tozier), and Andy Bean (Stanley Uris) at the table read.

“Back to Derry with these Losers,” the official account wrote, referring to the Losers Club.

It: Chapter Two will be released on September 6, 2019. We can’t wait!

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James McAvoy Shares Behind-the-Scenes Look at 'It: Chapter Two'

James McAvoy shared some first look pics from behind-the-scenes at day one of It: Chapter Two, which just began filming.

The pics feature James and his co-stars Bill Hader, Jessica Chastain, James Ransone, and Isaiah Mustafa who play the adult versions of Richie Tozier, Beverly Marsh, Eddie Kaspbrak, and Mike Hanlon, respectively. In addition, James posted photos with some of the young stars, who are rumored to be appearing in flashback form in the second film in the franchise.

Jaeden Lieberher, who plays young Bill, and Jack Dylan Grazer who plays young Eddie, can also be seen in the Instagram image.

The movie will hit theaters on September 6, 2019.

Jessica Chastain Screens New Movie 'Woman Walks Ahead' in NYC

Jessica Chastain walks the carpet while attending the screening of her movie Woman Walks Ahead on Tuesday (June 26) at the Whitby Hotel in New York City.

The two-time Oscar-nominated actress was joined at the event by her co-star Michael Greyeyes.

Woman Walks Ahead will be hitting theaters in limited release this Friday. The film, also available on demand, follows a headstrong New York widow (Chastain) as she journeys west to meet Sioux chief Sitting Bull (Greyeyes), facing off with an army officer (Sam Rockwell) intent on war with Native Americans.

FYI: Jessica is wearing a Givenchy dress and shoes with Piaget jewelry.

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Jessica Chastain Talks Helping Octavia Spencer Receive Equal Pay - Watch Here!

Jessica Chastain is radiant in a red dress while making her way inside The View to make an appearance on Tuesday (June 26) in New York City.

That same day, the 41-year-old actress stopped by the Today show to promote her latest movie Woman Walks Ahead, which hits theaters on Friday (June 29).

Jessica also discussed speaking on behalf of her pal Octavia Spencer to help her get five times her pay for an upcoming film they’re in together.

“I assumed a woman like Octavia Spencer would be compensated fairly for the work she’s done, for the awards she’s received,” Jessica told Today‘s Hoda Kotb.

Also pictured: Jessica spotted leaving The Late Show with Stephen Colbert after promoting Woman Walks Ahead on Monday (June 25).

Jessica Chastain Talks Helping Octavia Spencer Receive Equal Pay | TODAY

FYI: Jessica is wearing a red Victoria Beckham dress at The View. She is wearing Longchamp sunglasses with the floral dress. She is also wearing a white Alexis jumpsuit.

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