Jessica Chastain has launched a new production company, Freckle Films, and signed a first look overhead deal with Maven Pictures, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
“I’m excited to launch Freckle Films, and I can’t imagine a better production partner than Maven Pictures,” Chastain said in a press statement. “Trudie and Celine are not only both highly experienced and successful producers, but the projects they’ve created demonstrate their tenacious dedication to strong characters and compelling stories that clearly resonate with audiences. It’s an honor to work with them, as well as their company, one that mirrors many of the goals that I aspire to achieve with Freckle Films.”
Maven Pictures is owned by Trudie Styler and Celine Rattray. The two film companies have purchased the rights to two books, The Magician’s Lie by Greer Macallister and Life and Other Near-Death Experiences by Camille Pagan
The Magician’s Lie tells the story of a famous female illusionist named Ada, who is suspected of killing her husband after the dead body of a man is found inside of one of her stage props. A young police officer, Virgil Fecht, manages to track down the female magician and take her into his custody. Over the course of one night, Ada must recount her life story in order to prove her innocence.
In Life and Other Near Death Experiences, Libby Miller discovers she has an aggressive form of cancer and that her husband, Tom, is secretly gay on the same day. Libby immediately drops everything in her life, including Tom, and takes a trip to Puerto Rico where she meets a man named Shiloh, who gives her a new perspective on life and getting treatment.
Chastain will serve as president of Freckle Films alongside development exec Elise Siegel.
“Trudie and I have always been great admirers of Jessica both on screen and off,” Rattray said. “Her intelligence, passion, and talent are something that so naturally align with our work and mission at Maven Pictures — showcasing female talent both in front of and behind the camera. We are immensely thrilled about the opportunity to work together for many years to come.”
Jessica Chastain is in talks to star in Woman Walks Ahead. She is also in pre-production on John Madden’s gun violence drama Miss Sloane. She recently wrapped Diane Ackerman’s novel The Zookeeper’s Wife: A War Story opposite Daniel Brühl and will next be seen alongside Chris Hemsworth, Charlize Theron and Emily Blunt in The Huntsman: Winter’s War for Universal. Chastain previously produced The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them, Her, + Him along with the Weinstein Co.