Jessica Chastain and Octavia Spencer will reunite for a new Christmas comedy film, which the former will co-produce.
Jessica Chastain and Octavia Spencer will team up for a new festive film.
The ‘Help’ co-stars have signed up to star alongside one another in a Christmas comedy for Universal, after the studio won the rights to the as-yet untitled movie after a pitch from Chastain’s Freckle Films.
According to Variety, the 40-year-old actress wrote the original treatment for the motion picture alongside Kelly Carmichael, and Peter Chiarelli will pen the movie’s script.
Variety reports that The Help co-stars Jessica Chastain and Octavia Spencer are set to reunite for another project. The pair will star in an untitled Christmas comedy from Universal Studios, which hails from Chastain’s own production company, Freckle Films. Universal reportedly beat out both Fox and Paramount for the pitch after a bidding war broke out.
Spencer and Chastain will star in the film as ” two women fighting the elements to make it home for Christmas.” Chastain wrote the treatment for the movie with Kelly Carmichael, which screenwriter Peter Chiarelli (Crazy Rich Asians, The Proposal) will pen into the full script. Chastain will also produce the film.
Octavia Spencer and Jessica Chastain first worked togther in 2011’s The Help and this marks their first collaboration since that film. Both were nominated for the Best Supporting Actress Academy award for their work in the movie, with Spencer taking home the Oscar. Since then they’ve each gained an additional nomination for their work with Chastain being nominated for 2012’s Zero Dark Thirty and Spencer being nominated for 2016’s Hidden Figures.
As well as starring and writing the original idea for the film, Chastain will also produce alongside Carmichael, Celine Rattray, and Trudie Styler, who is married to music legend Sting.
The forthcoming film will tell the story of two women who try to beat the elements in a bid to make it home in time for Christmas.
Fox and Paramount are said to have gone up against Universal for the rights but lost out.
The movie will see Chastain and Spencer reunite after they previously starred alongside one another in ‘The Help’.
The pair were both nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Academy Award for their portrayals in the movie, with Spencer taking home the prize at the Oscars.
What’s more, the 2011 film was up for the Best Picture Oscar but lost out to ‘The Artist’, but it did win the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.
Chastain is currently on the big screen in ‘Molly’s Game’ as the titular character Molly Bloom, while Spencer, 47, recently starred in ‘The Shape of Water’.