People.com Entertainment Movies Jessica Chastain Will Transform Herself to Play Televangelist Tammy Faye Bakker in New Biopic The Oscar nominee is set to star alongside Andrew Garfield who will play Tammy's husband Jim By Nigel Smith Nigel Smith Nigel Smith is Senior News Editor, Movies at PEOPLE. He is an Entertainment Editor and Writer with more than 10 years of experience in the online and print industries as a journalist, storyteller, proofreader and manager. In 2017 Smith joined the PEOPLE editorial team in New York as News Editor, Movies. He has written feature stories and reviews including interviews with Ryan Reynolds, Anthony Hopkins, Jennifer Hudson and Russell Crowe. Prior, he served as News Editor at the Wrap in Los Angeles, and Entertainment Editor at the Guardian, also in LA, where he covered the red carpet at major awards shows including the Academy Awards, Golden Globes, Governors Awards, Grammy Awards and Independent Spirit Awards. He also attended and reported on major film festivals at Cannes, Sundance, Toronto, Telluride, SXSW and Tribeca. Smith has appeared as an expert commentator on numerous morning and entertainment shows including Good Morning America, Today, NBC News, BBC News, Access Hollywood, NY1, PeopleTV and more. A native of Toronto, Canada, Smith graduated from Syracuse University in New York State with Master of Arts degree in Arts Journalism (Film). He is married and lives in New York City. People Editorial Guidelines Published on May 10, 2019 11:01 AM Share Tweet Pin Email Jessica Chastain is undergoing a major transformation for her newly announced project. The Oscar nominee, 42, is set to star alongside Andrew Garfield, 35, as televangelists Tammy Faye and Jim Bakker in a new Fox Searchlight film based on the documentary The Eyes of Tammy Faye. The movie, directed by Big Sick‘s Michael Showalter, will track the rise of fall of the Christian personalities from the ’70s through to the ’80s, according to The Hollywood Reporter. For two decades, Tammy Faye was a national icon, best known for dabbing at mascara-tinted tears while then-husband Jim prayed for sinners on the PTL (Praise the Lord) Network, one of the nation’s first and most successful television ministries. It crashed and burned when Jim was convicted in 1989 of defrauding supporters of his PTL ministry of more than $150 million, including a $265,000 payment to church secretary Jessica Hahn to keep quiet about their affair. Karwai Tang/WireImage; The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Jessica Chastain Mentors a Struggling Sophie Turner in New Mysterious Dark Phoenix Trailer Never indicted in the mess, Tammy Faye divorced Jim while he was in prison. Chastain will also serve as a producer on the film. The actress next stars in Dark Phoenix, out June 7, while Garfield can currently be seen in Under the Silver Lake, which is now playing in theaters.