Jessica Chastain, Andrew Garfield Set to Play Televangelists Jim, Tammy Faye Bakker in Biopic

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Jessica Chastain and Andrew Garfield

The Fox Searchlight project will be directed by 'The Big Sick' director Michael Showalter.

Jessica Chastain and Andrew Garfiled have signed on to play televangelists Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker in a new biopic.

The Fox Searchlight project is based on the documentary The Eyes of Tammy Faye, and will be directed by Big Sick filmmaker Michael Showalter from a script by Abe Sylvia.  

The movie will track the rise and fall of the Christian personalities 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 LGBT community during the height of the AIDs crisis — her and her husband's empire fell following the revelation of financial improprieties and a rape allegation leveled against Jim.

Chastain will produce with Kelly Carmichael through their Freckle Films banner, along with Gigi Pritzker and Rachel Shane through their MWM Studios. Jordana Mollick will exec produce.

Chastain, who is repped by CAA, Mosaic and Hansen Jacobson, will next be seen in X-Men feature Dark Phoenix and New Line's It sequel.

Garfield, who was last in theaters with Under the Silver Lake, is repped by CAA and Sloane Offer.