J.C. Chandor directing the drama…

Oscar Isaac, who will next be seen in the Coen Brothers-directed ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’ when it arrives in cinemas January 24th, has reportedly entered into talks to replace Javier Bardem as the lead in writer/director J.C. Chandor’s third directorial effort, ‘A Most Violent Year.’

Per TheWrap, the film is set in 1981, “when violence and corruption in New York City ran rampant, and follows the ambitious owner of an oil company who must protect his business and his family from his competitors as they violently try to run him out of business. The film finds him and his wife crossing paths with high-powered lawyers, wealthy bankers, dangerous teamsters and a shady district attorney.”

Two-time Oscar nominee Jessica Chastain (‘Zero Dark Thirty,’ ‘The Help’) is attached to play the female lead, with Chandor’s ‘Margin Call’ star Stanley Tucci being courted for a supporting role.

Participant Media is on board to finance with Neal Dodson and Anna Gerb producing.