Jessica is currently at the CFDA Awards (she arrived with nominee Paul Andrew), and we have the first images added in our gallery, with more to come.
Sierra/Affinity has sold out international territories for “Molly’s Game,” less than a month after the project came together with Idris Elba and Jessica Chastain in Aaron Sorkin’s directorial debut.
Chastain is playing the lead role, based on the memoir by Molly Bloom, who wound up running the most exclusive high-stakes poker game in the world for eight years. Sorkin is also penning the script.
Mark Gordon will produce with Amy Pascal. Entertainment One and The Mark Gordon Company are financing. Sales, which launched at the Cannes Film Festival, included eOne for Canada, UK, Australia/New Zealand, Benelux and Spain; Kino Films for Japan; Main Title for South Korea; Rai Cinemas for Italy, Scanbox for Scandinavia; SND Groupe M6 for France and Square One for Germany.
STX Entertainment acquired US rights to “Molly’s Game” for $9 million during Cannes.
Sierra/Affinity said the sales success reinforces its growth strategy of partnering with eOne to give it continued access to high-profile films as well as expanded production and financing capabilities.
Entertainment One acquired a 51% stake in The Mark Gordon Company earlier this year in a deal valued at more than $130 million, then invested in Sierra Pictures two days later.
Jessica is on cover of Modern Weekly’s style segment, in a beautiful new photoshoot. You can find digital scans in our gallery.
The poster for Jessica Chastain’s gun-control drama Miss Sloane was released today, just a few weeks after the film wrapped principal photography. Directed by John Madden (Shakespeare in Love) and written by Jonathan Perera, whose screenplay was ranked in the Top 5 of Hollywood’s 2015 Black List, the annual list of the industry’s best unproduced scripts of the year.
In MISS SLOANE, a ruthless and highly successful political strategist, Elizabeth Sloane (Jessica Chastain), exposes the cutthroat world of D.C lobbyists on both sides of the gun control debate. New legislation requiring more stringent background checks for gun ownership is gaining traction in Congress, and Sloane is approached to spearhead the campaign, pitting her against the formidable power of her political opponents. Deploying her notorious skills – and driven by a desire to win at all costs – she jeopardizes those closest to her, and puts her own career at risk. MISS SLOANE is a riveting political thriller that delves into the complexities of one of the most pressing and fiercely-fought issues in contemporary America.
The film co-stars Alison Pill, Mark Strong, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Jake Lacey, Sam Waterston and John Lithgow. It was co-produced by Archery Pictures and Filmnation Entertainment and will be distributed in the U.S. by EuropaCorp USA. No release date has been set.
Jessica attended today the Cannes Opening Gala Ceremony, looking marvelous in a yellow Armani dress. I have added the first batch of images, which you can see in our gallery.
A new project has been announced for Jessica, and this time is a comedy! She is attached to star in Plus One, a comedy following a single woman (Chastain), who realizes she has limited choices in girlfriends who can join her on the single’s scene because all of her close friends are married or about to be. She finds an unlikely wingman in Cecily Strong’s loud, sexually uninhibited livewire.
April Prosser has written the script with Patrick Brice (The Overnight) directing. Gloria Sanchez Productions, which is dedicated to women-led film and TV projects, is producing. The project is not yet set up but has a number of companies circling.
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