With Jake Gyllenhaal already having signed on the dotted line, the latest name to join the big screen adaptation of Ubisoft’s Tom Clancy’s: The Division is that of Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty, The Hunstman: Winter’s War).
The movie is set to roughly follow the games story arc, in which agents of the elite Strategic Homeland Division (or simply The Division) are tasked with locating the origin of a devastating outbreak of smallpox. In the aftermath of the chaos, The Division attempts to rebuild its operations in a post-apocalyptic New York City where crime is king.
As of writing, there are no further details as to who may join Chastain and Gyllenhaal, or exactly who the before mentioned may be portraying. With Ubisoft themselves overseeing the project, a director is set to be announced in the coming days.
This is the latest in a resurgence of interest in adapting video game franchises into potential blockbusters, with Ubisoft’s Assassins Creed starring Michael Fassbender due to arrive in cinemas on December 26 of this year.
It’s yet to be seen whether both movies will escape the less than favourable reputation that the video game genre has in the cinema going public eye…