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In accordance with Variety, Jessica will reteam with co-star Octavia Spencer for an untitled comedy:
Jessica Chastain and Octavia Spencer are reuniting for a new film.
“The Help” co-stars will lead a holiday comedy for Universal.
Following a heated bidding war, the studio won the rights to the untitled pitch from Chastain’s Freckle Films.
Chastain and Kelly Carmichael wrote the original treatment and “Crazy Rich Asians” scribe Peter Chiarelli is on board to pen the script. Chastain is attached to produce with her company Freckle Films, along with Maven Pictures. Carmichael, Celine Rattray, and Trudie Styler will also produce.
Universal beat out Fox and Paramount for the pitch, which follows two women fighting the elements to make it home for Christmas.
Exec VP of production Erik Baiers and creative executive Mika Pryce will oversee the project for Universal.
The movie marks a re-team for Chastain and Spencer, who each earned an Oscar nomination for the smash hit “The Help,” with Spencer ultimately taking home the trophy for best supporting actress. Since then, the A-listers haven’t stopped garnering praise for their work, with both earning additional Academy Awards noms (Chastain for 2012’s “Zero Dark Thirty” and Spencer for 2016’s “Hidden Figures”).
This award season is no different as Chastain and Spencer are coming off critically acclaimed performances in Aaron Sorkin’s poker drama “Molly’s Game” and Guillermo del Toro’s Cold War fairy tale “The Shape of Water,” respectively.
Chiarelli is best known for writing the hit romantic comedy “The Proposal,” in addition to the upcoming film “Crazy Rich Asians,” set to hit theaters later this year. He is repped UTA, Mosaic, and Morris Yorn Barnes Levine Krintzman Rubenstein Kohner & Gellman.
Chastain — who is repped by CAA, Mosaic, and Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman, Newman, Warren, Richman, Rush, Kaller & Gellman — can be seen next in “X-Men: Dark Phoenix.”
Spencer recently wrapped production on the indie “A Kid Like Jake.” She is repped by WME and Jackoway Tyerman Wertheimer Austen Mandelbaum Morris & Klein.
Jessica Chastain in on the cover of ‘The Wall Street Journal’ Magazine. Chastain, who was photographed by Annemarieke Van Drimmelen, gave a interview to the February issue for where she talks about gender equality and promote Molly’s Game. The magazine also brings quotes from Molly Bloom herself, Aaron Sorkin, Idris Elba and Melissa Silverstein, founder of Women and Hollywood, an initiative that advocates for gender equity in the entertainment industry and named Jessica as a co-chair for its 10th anniversary celebration last fall.
You can find interview in our press archive and the photoshoot in our gallery.
As Molly, Jessica Chastain delivers an unforgettable performance that earned her a Golden Globe nomination for best performance by an actress in a motion picture. The movie was written and directed by Aaron Sorkin, who was nominated for best screenplay. But neither of them dreamed up the film’s heroine—a real-life entrepreneur who recounted her adrenaline-fueled journey in the 2014 memoir called Molly’s Game: From Hollywood’s Elite to Wall Street’s Billionaire Boys Club, My High-Stakes Adventure in the World of Underground Poker.
Although she had lived the story, Bloom was stunned by the character Chastain created on camera. “I was blown away,” says Bloom. “To see how powerful Jessica is and how nuanced she is in communicating the things I was feeling—I just thought she was incredible. My family and close friends were like, ‘It was like watching you on-screen.’ ”
Photoshoots & Portraits > 2018 > #006 – The Wall Street Journal
Magazines & Scans > 2018 > #003 The Wall Street Journal
Jessica attended the The 23rd Annual Critics’ Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on January 11, 2018 in Santa Monica, California. Unfortunately Jessica, who was received a Best Actress nomination for her work in Molly’s Game, didn’t win. The winner was Frances McDormand.
Chastain was wearing a green gown by Vionnet Spring 2018.
Check the pictures in our gallery:
Appearances & Public Events > 2018 > Jan 11 | The 23rd Annual Critics’ Choice Awards – Arrivals
According to TV Line, Jessica will be the host of Saturday Night Live next week:
First up is Jessica Chastain (of the upcoming film Molly’s Game), who will host the Jan. 20 installment of NBC’s sketch-comedy series, it was announced on Wednesday. Troye Sivan will serve as the musical guest.
Then on Jan. 27, Will Ferrell will preside over Studio 8H with music by country music artist Chris Stapleton. The show is then expected to break for most of February during NBC’s coverage of the Winter Olympics.
Jessica Chastain was honored with Trailblazer Award during the The LA Film Critics Society Awards Ceremony that happened on January 10, 2018 at the Taglyan Complex in Los Angeles. She was wearing a red dress. Check the pictures in our gallery:
Appearances & Public Events > 2018 > Jan 10 | The Inaugural Los Angeles Online Film Critics Society Award Ceremony
Jessica attended the 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California (January 7). Unfortunately Jessica, who was received a Best Actress Drama nomination for her work in Molly’s Game, didn’t win. The winner was Frances McDormand. In solidarity with the victims of sexual harassment and assault, most women and many men dressed in all black
Chastain was wearing a a black and silver Armani Privé dress with Piaget jewelry
Jessica alongside with Chris Hemsworth presented he award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy:
Excited to have this beautiful pair on our stage. Give it up for @jes_chastain and @chrishemsworth, presenting the award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy. #GoldenGlobes pic.twitter.com/AyZ0r7o6Ru
— Golden Globe Awards (@goldenglobes) 8 January 2018
Check out the photos we have so far!
Appearances & Public Events > 2018 > Jan 07 | 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards – Arrivals
Appearances & Public Events > 2018 > Jan 07 | 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards – Press Room
Appearances & Public Events > 2018 > Jan 07 | Warner Bros. Pictures And InStyle Host 19th Annual Post-Golden Globes Party
Photoshoots & Portraits > 2018 > #0004 The 75th Annual Golden Globe Portrait
Jessica attended the BAFTA Tea Party in Los Angeles on Juanuary 06, 2018! This is a celebration of the Golden Globe Awards, which will happen today and in which she is set to present. She was wearing a Ralph LaurenSpring 2018 houndstooth dress and pullover. Check the pictures in our gallery:
Appearances & Public Events > 2018 > Jan 06 │The BAFTA Los Angeles Tea Party at the Four Seasons Hotel
Jessica attended the Golden Meets Gold in Los Angeles on January 06, 2018. She was wearing a Ralph Lauren Spring 2018 houndstooth dress and pullover.
Also was announced that Jessica will be as one of Golden Globe Awards’s presenters:
To round out our list of spectacular presenters we are proud to announce that @jes_chastain, Garrett Hedlund, @MariahCarey, and @KeithUrban will be presenting on our stage this Sunday. We can’t wait to see all of our talented presenters at the 75th #GoldenGlobes. pic.twitter.com/nmaskthoqX
— Golden Globe Awards (@goldenglobes) 6 January 2018
Appearances & Public Events > 2018 > Jan 06 │5th Annual Gold Meets Golden in LA
Jessica Chastain is part of W Magazine annual Best Performances. The photoshoot is in our gallery.
Jessica Chastain in Molly’s Game
“To play Molly Bloom, I thought about what women have to become in order to find power in a society where men are making all of the rules. I was like, ‘Oh, my gosh—the Kardashians are an incredible example of women who have their own sense of entrepreneurial power.’ And in real life, Molly looked a lot like them. For research, I actually watched Kim’s tutorial on face shading and contouring. As the movie goes on, Molly transforms into this idea of what a woman has to be in order to be heard: The heels get higher, the necklines are lower, the hair is longer. It was quite a departure for me, physically. And the strange thing is, I don’t look like myself at all in this film, and so many people have said to me that I’ve never looked better.”
Jessica Chastain wears an Oscar de la Renta dress; Sophie Buhai earrings.
Photoshoots & Portraits > 2018 > #003 W Magazine
Jessica Chastain visited Jimmy Kimmel Live for an interview. On the interview, she said how was the first meeting of her family with her in-laws:
The two families met in the Alps, Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy, where things got “interesting.” “My family is from Northern California, and his family is from Veneto, Italy. My family doesn’t speak Italian and his family speaks very little English… It was a very quiet holiday, but there was a lot of pointing and a lot of food.”
That’s where the families differed: “We’ve known each other for about six years and Americans eat in about an hour,” says Chastain. “A meal starts and then it’s done. When I went to Italy, I didn’t realize that meals last for three or four hours… I don’t understand this but Sunday brunch will go from 1 pm to 5 pm. You eat one course and it’s delicious. Then the second your plate is done, his mom is putting more food on my plate. So I have a trick where I just push the food around on my plate for hours.”
Chastain’s vegan diet, however, poses more of an issue for her in these situations than the duration of the meals. “In the beginning, I would say I’m vegan. Which is like the worst thing. I don’t eat 10 meals and I’m vegan. I would say, ‘I’m sorry I can’t eat that,’ and [my mother-in-law] would say, ‘No problem, we have fish’.”
“Do you think they hate you?” Kimmel asks, to which Chastain responds, “Maybe that’s why it’s so quiet. They just hate me.”
Kimmell posted a photo with Jessica on the his twitter account:
— Jimmy Kimmel Live (@JimmyKimmelLive) 4 January 2018
For arrive and leave from the studios, Jessica was seen wearing the Time’s Up t-shirt (Time’s Up is a movement powered by women that aims at raising awareness on sexual harassment and is setting up a legal defense fund to provide subsidized legal support to women and men who have experienced sexual harassment, assault, or abuse in the workplace and while in pursuit of their career. To learn more about it or to donate go to www.timesupnow.com)
Candids > 2018 > Jan 03 │Arriving for the “Jimmy Kimmel Live”