If Jessica Chastain wasn’t content with taking on the lead role in Aaron Sorkin’s upcoming film Molly’s Game, a story of poker legend Molly Bloom, the actress just scored another major victory.
According to Women in the World, an associate of The New York Times, Chastain has launched her own production company called “Freckle Films,” in which she will serve as the president alongside development execute Elise Siegel.
Partnering with Trudie Styler and Celine Rattray of Maven Pictures, the company has already bought the film rights to two novels with female main characters that were written by women.
“The Magician’s Lie, by Greer Macallister, tells the story of a famed female illusionist who is forced to prove her innocence after a dead man is found among her stage props, while Life and Other Near Death Experiences, by Libby Miller, follows the trials and tribulations of a young woman who finds out that her husband is gay and she has cancer on the same day,” Women in the World wrote of the two films picked up by the new company.
According to Deadline, “Maven will provide development funds and cover overhead costs to acquire IP for Freckle and Maven to jointly produce. Jacqui Lewis, Leili Gerami, Clemens Pongratz and Elise Siegel will serve as exec producers on these films.”
Chastain spoke on her excitement over the launch of her new production company and said that she looks forward to working with Maven Pictures.
“Trudie and Celine are not only both highly experienced and successful producers, but the projects they’ve created demonstrate their tenacious dedication to strong characters and compelling stories that clearly resonate with audiences. It’s an honor to work with them, as well as their company, one that mirrors many of the goals that I aspire to achieve with Freckle Films,” said Chastain.
Maven’s Celine Rattray had some compliments of her own for Chastain, explaining that she and Styler have been big fans of Chastain’s work both on screen and off.
Rattray said, “Her intelligence, passion and talent are something that so naturally align with our work and mission at Maven Pictures—showcasing female talent both in front of and behind the camera. We are immensely thrilled about the opportunity to work together for many years to come.”