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Cherry Jones, who just picked up an Emmy for her work on The Handmaid’s Tale, will join Jessica Chastain in Fox Searchlight’s Tammy Faye Bakker biopic.
The feature, based on the documentary The Eyes of Tammy Faye, is set to be directed by Big Sick filmmaker Michael Showalter from a script by Abe Sylvia.
The movie will track the rise and fall of Christian TV personalities Tammy Faye and Jim Bakker throughout In the 1970s and ’80s, from their humble beginnings to their creation of the largest religious broadcasting network and a theme park. While Tammy Faye was noted for her singing and her embrace of people from all walks of life — most notably her work with the LGBT community during the height of the AIDS crisis — the couple’s empire fell following the revelation of financial improprieties and a rape allegation leveled against Jim.
Chastain is set to play Tammy Faye, while Andrew Garfield will portray Jim.
Chastain is producing the film with Kelly Carmichael through their Freckle Films banner, along with Gigi Pritzker and Rachel Shane through their MWM Studios. Jordana Mollick will executive produce.
Jones is repped by WME.
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