Jessica in 2018: A Look Ahead

This marks our first post of the new year. 2017 was another great year and be sure to check out our year in review in case you missed it. We have another exciting year to look forward to: “X-Men: Dark Phoenix” is expected to be released and Jessica currently has several projects in development and post-production, including “The Death and Life of John F. Donovan” and “The Division”. We will try to give an overview and summary of what we can expect of Jessica’s career in 2018.

X-Men: Dark Phoenix (Fox)

Director: Simon Kinberg | Writers: Simon Kinberg | Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Sophie Turner, Nicholas Hoult, Tye Sheridan, Evan Peters
Log line: Jean Grey begins to develop incredible powers that corrupt and turn her into a Dark Phoenix. Now the X-Men will have to decide if the life of a team member is worth more than all the people living in the world.
Current status: Post-Production
Release: November 2, 2018 (US) | November 2, 2018 (UK)
News tidbit: We recently got the first official look of Jessica Jessica as Veranke in the movie.
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Official plot: Set in 1992, nine years after the events of last year’s X-Men: Apocalypse, Dark Phoenix opens with the X-Men, including Mystique, Beast, Storm, Nightcrawler, and Quicksilver, in a new, unexpected role: national heroes. Charles Xavier even lands on the cover of Time magazine. But his growing ego puts the team at risk. Pride is starting to get the better of him, and he is pushing the X-Men to more extreme missions. After they’re dispatched to space for a rescue mission, a solar flare hits the X-Jet and the surge of energy ignites a malevolent, power-hungry new force within Jean – the Phoenix (Source).

The Death and Life of John F. Donovan (TBA)

Director: Xavier Dolan | Writers: Xavier Dolan & Jacob Tierney | Cast: Natalie Portman, Kit Harington, Jacob Tremblay, Bella Thorne, Sarah Gadon, Thandie Newton, Susan Sarandon, Kathy Bates
Log line: A decade after the death of an American TV star, a young actor reminisces the written correspondence he shared with him, as well as the impact those letters had on both their lives.
Current status: Post-Production
Release: TBA (US) | TBA (UK)
News tidbit: The movie is still without a distributor in the USA, but was already acquired by Films Séville in Canada. The movie was rumored to premiere during the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival last year, but the Canadian distributor confirmed that the release date got delayed. No recent reports on the new release date thus far, but there have been unconfirmed buzz about the possibility of the movie premiering during Cannes. Dolan’s previous movies, including ‘Mommy’ and ‘It’s Only the End of the World’ premiered during the festival.
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Official plot: Starring Jessica Chastain, Kit Harington, Taylor Kitsch, Kathy Bates, Jacob Tremblay, Susan Sarandon, Natalie Portman, Nicholas Hoult, and Thandie Newton the film centers on the tribulations of John Donovan, an American TV star in his late 20s, and his correspondence with Rupert Turner, a young actor-to-be living with his mother in England. Their lives take dramatic turns when the existence of their pen-pal relationship is publicly exposed, eliciting the most ill-founded assumptions and sending Donovan in a vertical downfall. A decade later, the young actor recollects his relationship with his past idol over the course of an interview.


George and Tammy (TBA)

Director: Taylor Hackford | Writers: Abe Sylvia | Cast: Josh Brolin
Log line: The story of the rise and waterfall of country and western icons George Jones and Tammy Wynette.
Current status: Pre-Production/Announced
Release: TBA
News tidbit: Jessica first revealed she attached herself to this project in June 2017, stating she’s “terrified about it.” Costar Josh Brolin is also set to produce the movie.

Painkiller Jane (TBA)

Director: TBA | Writers: Christine Boylan | Cast: TBA
Log line: A police officer gains supernatural powers after she’s exposed to chemical weapons during a botched undercover operation.
Current status: Pre-Production/Announced
Release: TBA
News tidbit: The movie was first announced in November 2016 with Jessica also attached to serve as producer. More recently, Deadline reported Christine Boylan has been set to adapt the screenplay. They are reporting the following story:

Lotus Entertainment has set Christine Boylan to adapt Painkiller Jane, Jimmy Palmiotti and Joe Quesada’s iconic comic series that has Jessica Chastain attached to star and produce along with Solipsist Films’ Stephen L’Heureux and Kelly Carmichael, latter of whom is Chastain’s partner at 375 Pictures. Lenny Beckerman will produce for Lotus.

Chastain will play Jane Vasko, a New York City street cop who gets recruited by the FBI to infiltrate a major NYC drug and human trafficking ring. In a near-death experience, Jane develops exceptional regenerative abilities that give her a unique indestructible advantage. With nothing to live for and no way to die, Painkiller Jane becomes an unstoppable force of nature seeking revenge to those who destroyed her life as she leaves a path of death and destruction in her wake.

Boylan’s credits include Punisher, Hellblazer and Once Upon a Time and WME reps her. Graphic novelist Palmiotti has penned volumes of Deadpool, Jonah Hex, Punisher and is currently writing Harley Quinn for DC Comics. Monilith, based on his graphic novel, is set up at Lionsgate.

Seducing Ingrid Bergman (TBA)

Director: TBA | Writers: Arash Amel | Cast: TBA
Log line: An examination of the relationship between film star Ingrid Bergman and wartime photographer Robert Capa.
Current status: Pre-Production/Announced
Release: TBA
News tidbit: It was announced during the 2017 Cannes Film Festival that Jessica attached herself and would serve as producer on “Seducing Ingrid Bergman”. The screenplay will be based on Chris Greenhalgh’s book.

The Division (TBA)

Director: Stephen Gaghan | Writers: Stephen Gaghan | Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal
Log line: As the battle to take back NYC wages on; Gyllenhaal and Chastain work together to restore order while the factions have their own agenda. Stay tuned for this action packed spinoff of Tom Clancy’s The Division.
Current status: Pre-Production/Announced
Release: TBA
News tidbit: It was first announced in August 2016 that Jessica and Jake Gyllenhaal were attached to “The Division”. Early 2017 it was reported Oscar winner Stephen Gaghan was set to direct. Jessica, Gyllenhaal and Riva Marker are set to produce.

Freckle Films

Jessica launched her production company Freckle Films in February 2016. The company will produce The Division, Painkiller Jane, and Seducing Ingrid Bergman. Furthermore, Freckle Films also optioned two books: The Magician’s Lie by Greer Macallister and Camille Pagan’s novel, Life and Other Near-Death Experiences.

Our previous look ahead of 2017 can be found over here. Cheers to another great and exciting year in Jessica’s career, we can’t wait to see what 2018 will bring us!

Lindsey