"I love wigs. I love costumes. I love anything that will get me into the character," says Jessica Chastain. And with four of the world's most famous contemporary artists creating four unique cover looks for her in the new issue of W, the actress' character cup runneth over. When George Condo, Rineke Dijkstra, Chantal Joffe and Mickalene Thomas teamed up with Chastain -- who's recently displayed her shape-shifting abilities in Broadway's "The Heiress," where she wore a prosthetic nose, and the upcoming "Zero Dark Thirty," in which she plays a CIA agent -- she told the artists her goal was "to become the canvas." And she didn't disappoint.
The photo at left comes from Chastain's shoot with Thomas, who imagined the 35-year-old film star as Michelle Pfeiffer in "Scarface," surrounded by disco-era decor. Other shoots include a Diana Ross-inspired riff on Billie Holiday, and a Stanley Kubrick vibe in which Chastain appears to be part of George Condo's giant painting. Joffe's painted portrait of Chastain rounds out the collection. The new issue of W hits newsstands Dec. 18. (W)