Actor Jessica Chastain is reuniting with her 'The Help' co-star Octavia Spencer for a new holiday comedy film. She's also booked to appear in Ascendant, the developing TV movie conclusion to the Divergent movie series. According to Variety, the award-winning pair are set to star as two women who are desperate to make it home for Christmas. Universal finally landed the project after a fierce bidding war against Fox and Paramount.
The untitled project is said to be in the same vein as comedy, Planes, Trains and Automobiles, director John Hughes's 1987 classic, which depicted Steve Martin as a jumpy ad executive who finds himself on a comedic crucible of a journey back home to Chicago from a business trip in NY, joined by an awkwardly eccentric travelling salesman played by the late, great John Candy.
Chastain and Kelly Carmichael wrote the original treatment and "Crazy Rich Asians" scribe Peter Chiarelli is on board to pen the script. Chastain is attached to produce with her company Freckle Films, along with Maven Pictures.
The actresses previously starred together in 2011's "The Help", for which they both earned Oscar nominations. Chastain, meanwhile, scored a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress (Drama) for her performance in Aaron Sorkin's chatty drama Molly's Game. The project is described as "Planes, Trains and Automobiles", with female leads. His luck gets worse when he runs into the jokey, jovial salesman Del Griffith (played by the late, great John Candy), who hamstrings his trip home in increasingly ridiculous and hilarious ways.
Spencer recently wrapped production on the indie "A Kid Like Jake".
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