2011 drama The Help proved to be an important entry in terms of launching the careers of female stars like Emma Stone, Jessica Chastain and Octavia Spencer (and even yielded Spencer a Best Supporting Actress Oscar win). Relevantly, one of the more memorable aspects of the film, the onscreen friendship chemistry between the latter two actresses, will be reunited in a Christmas comedy.
After Universal bested Fox and Paramount in a bidding war, THR reports that the untitled comedy movie project has reaped a welcome reunion of The Help actresses Chastain and Spencer for its headliners. Yet, Chastain’s involvement with the project does not end there, since she and Kelly Carmichael co-wrote the script based off an original treatment by Now You See Me 2 scribe Peter Chiarelli.
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 New York, joined by an awkwardly eccentric travelling salesman played by the late, great John Candy. While such a trip is not typically difficult, it becomes increasingly marred by an escalating series of setbacks. That film was defined by onscreen chemistry between two comedic masters; something that Chastain and Spencer will showcase as two women trying to get home for Christmas in this thematically-similar comedy offering.
The project is just one of many high-profile offerings on Jessica Chastain’s backlog, which includes fantasy actioner The Division, biographical drama Seducing Ingrid Bergman, drama The Death and Life of John F. Donovan, sci-fi actioner Painkiller Jane. She’ll next be seen in country music biopic drama George and Tammy and, perhaps, most prominently, in Fox Marvel movie sequel X-Men: Dark Phoenix.
Spencer, who just came off an appearance in the acclaimed sci-fi romance, The Shape of Water, will next be seen in dramas A Kid Like Jake and Luce. She’s also booked to appear in Ascendant, the developing TV movie conclusion to the Divergent movie series.
Besides serving as co-star and co-writer on the project, Chastain will also bank credit as a producer, since her Freckle Film company will be involved, joined by Maven Pictures, which is headed by co-writer Kelly Carmichael. Celine Rattray and Trudie Styler are also onboard as producers, with Erik Baiers and Mika Pryce watching over the project for Universal.
We’ll be sure to keep you updated on this intriguing Christmas comedy project as things develop!