The news of Newtwon’s hire caused a backlash against the project and Chastain, a strong voice in the current #MeToo movement and the Time’s Up campaign. Newton had pleaded guilty in his home country to assaulting his girlfriend in 2007.
Since Eve was announced, fans have been calling for Chastain to drop Newton, who most recently directed Who We Are Now, starring Julianne Nicholson, Emma Roberts and Zachary Quinto, which premiered at last year’s Toronto Film Festival.
Newton released a statement today about leaving the project, which Deadline hears was his decision:
“Yesterday I notified Jessica Chastain and the other producers on the film Eve that I will be stepping down as director.