Jessica Chastain is making good on her promise to deliver more "projects for women about women." Up next: A holiday comedy she's co-starring in alongside Octavia Spencer. The film, which was just scooped up by Universal in a bidding war according to Variety, is centered around the two ladies' obstacle course-like journeys back home in time for Christmas.
Chastain not only co-wrote the treatment with Kelly Carmichael, best known for her work on Nine and Nanny Diaries, she's also producing the film with her company Freckle Films. The actress, who struck up a friendship with Spencer while filming The Help, recently talked about her production company with W, saying, "It is very important for me to take all the gifts that I’ve been given, because I’ve been given a lot of attention very fast, and spread the wealth a little bit, and now maybe point everyone in a direction of incredible female filmmakers or writers that I feel should be getting more work."
Chastain has also advocated on behalf of women on the red carpet, as she did this past Golden Globes alongside Spencer. "We go way back. We're sisters," Chastain, who arrived wearing all black in support of the Time's Up movement, told ET at the time. "We're here for the Time's Up movement, our defense fund that will help protect men and women coming forward to fight against any sexual harassment, sexual assault and the fallout from coming forward."
"Reese Witherspoon, Kerry Washington, America Ferrera, Jessica Chastain, they have been wonderful leaders for me and I'm just excited to be a part of this, because time's up and this time has come," Spencer said, before telling her acting partner, "I'm proud of you."
"I'm proud of you! And everyone," said Chastain. "There's really no leaders involved in this movement. This is a movement for everyone."
Chastain also spoke out about inequality in Hollywood at this year's Palm Springs International Film Festival, telling the room, "Major change is coming. Change is good. Change is needed. We are all in this together. Each one of us is diminished by flawed systems. Through our joint efforts, we will make things better. We must make things better. We must be better—and we will."
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