Tate Taylor reunites with Jessica Chastain to direct 'Eve' after Matthew Newton's removal

Tate Taylor has replaced Matthew Newton as the director of 'Eve,' two weeks after Matthew Newton left the project following allegations of domestic violence


                            Tate Taylor reunites with Jessica Chastain to direct 'Eve' after Matthew Newton's removal

The vacancy wasn't for long. Two weeks after Matthew Newton left the project of directing Jessica Chastain’s 'Eve,' following online backlash due to his history of alleged assault and domestic violence, Tate Taylor has replaced him as the director. Tate directed Jessica Chastain to an Oscar nomination in 2011's 'The Help' and is reuniting with the actress for 'Eve.'

Earlier this month, Chastain announced that she would star in and produce, through her Freckle Films production company and Voltage Pictures, the character-driven action movie 'Eve.' Newton, who wrote the script, was also named director. Newton was also named to produce alongside Nicolas Chartier, Dominic Rustam, Chastain and Kelly Carmichael.

After the original announcement of the project centering a female assassin, a Care2 petition was circulated asking that Chastain, a vocal proponent of the Time's Up movement and #MeToo, drop Newton from the film. In 2010, the Australian filmmaker's then-fiancee Rachael Taylor accused him of "two unprovoked assaults" and was granted a two-year domestic violence order against him, an order he later breached. 

Director Tate Taylor attend the 'Get On Up' Opening Film and Opening Ceremony of the Zurich Film Festival 2014 on September 25, 2014 in Zurich, Switzerland. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images for ZFF)
Director Tate Taylor attend the 'Get On Up' Opening Film and Opening Ceremony of the Zurich Film Festival 2014 on September 25, 2014 in Zurich, Switzerland. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images for ZFF)

Since Chastain has always been a strong advocate of the #MeToo movement, Newton released a statement, “Yesterday I notified Jessica Chastain and the other producers on the film Eve that I will be stepping down as director. Since the announcement of this film, the responses, which are powerful and important, have not fallen on deaf ears. I am profoundly aware that I have a responsibility to lead where I have failed in the past."

Newton added, “I am profoundly aware that I have a responsibility to lead where I have failed in the past. I can never undo the harm that I’ve caused the people I’ve cared about and I carry that shame and responsibility with me every day.”

Director Matthew Newton attends the Special Screening Of FilmRise's 'From Nowhere' at Tribeca Screening Room on February 13, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Hider/Getty Images for No Place Like Films ) 
Director Matthew Newton attends the Special Screening Of FilmRise's 'From Nowhere' at Tribeca Screening Room on February 13, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Hider/Getty Images for No Place Like Films ) 

Taylor worked with Chastain on 2011’s 'The Help,' which led to Chastain receiving an Oscar nomination in the Supporting Actress category. He directed 2014’s 'Get On Up' and 2016’s 'Girl on the Train' and is in post-production on the Blumhouse thriller 'Ma,' which stars Octavia Spencer, Luke Evans, Juliette Lewis, Missi Pyle and Allison Janney.