Filmmaker Ned Benson is pioneering an extremely interesting new project: he is writing/directing a two connected films, The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: His and The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Hers, which work together to tell the story of a decaying marriage from the husband’s and wife’s perspectives, respectively. Starring as the central pair are Joel Edgerton and Jessica Chastain. The films will exist as stand-alone pieces.
The story follows the married couple as a strain on their relationship grows throughout the husband’s career as a restaurateur and the wife’s return to academia. Needless to say, the idea of single story told from two divergent perspectives in two separate pieces of film is truly innovative, and is, considering the stars and writer/director, definitely an optimistic project. In addition to all of this good news, William Hurt is in talks to hop on board.
How exactly the titles comes into play, other than the apparent idea that both husband and wife are “lonely people,” is yet unknown. I’m giving Benson, Edgerton and Chastain the benefit of the doubt to have earned the merit to a Beatles-inspired title. Chastain certainly did in last year’s (The) Help.