Jessica Chastain has been named the next honoree at the Deauville American Film Festival.

The Zero Dark Thirty star will be recognised by the annual French festival, which has been paying tribute to American cinema since it was founded in 1975.

Festival director Bruno Barde said: "The tribute is a token of our affection, admiration, recognition and esteem for the talent of the recipient.

"For the past few years, we have been paying tribute to those actresses who embody the cinema of today and who will form the legacy of tomorrow.

"When we first discovered Jessica Chastain, we had the definite feeling that here was someone special on-screen. Through her successive roles, she has confirmed her emotional capacity to grab the limelight.

"We salute her grace and talent and the beauty of the truth she brings to her performance."

Chastain has several new films on the way, including InterstellarThe Disappearance of Eleanor RigbyMiss Julie and A Violent Year.

The Deauville American Film Festival takes place this year on September 5-14.