Jessica Chastain, Andrew Garfield to Star in Biopic 'The Eyes of Tammy Faye'
The two actors will play the real-life televangelists who the story centers on, Tammy Faye and Jim Bakker, Variety reports. The film is based on Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato's 2000 documentary of the same name, which looked at the pair's rise and fall. Abe Sylvia has written the script, and Michael Showalter ("The Big Sick") will direct.
The Bakkers became popular in the '70s and '80s, to the point that they hosted multiple TV shows, founded a TV network, and even built an theme park. They later became embroiled in scandal, though, and neither their empire nor their marriage survived. The upcoming film is one of many takes on their story, following the likes of the aforementioned documentary, multiple musicals, a play, and more.
Both Chastain and Garfield are well-known actors with past Academy Award nominations to their respective names. Chastain, a two-time nominee, has recently starred in "Molly's Game" and "Woman Walks Ahead." Meanwhile, Garfield's recent films include "Under the Silver Lake" and "Breathe."
Chastain is set to produce "The Eyes of Tammy Faye" alongside her Freckle Films colleague Kelly Carmichael and MWM Studios' Gigi Pritzker and Rachel Shane. Jordana Mollick will executive produce.
This article has been updated.