Jessica Chastain has launched production company Freckle Films, where she will serve as president alongside development executive Elise Siegel.
Freckle Films has entered into a first-look overhead deal with Maven Pictures, headed by Celine Rattray (“The Kids Are All Right”) and Trudie Styler (“Still Alice,” “Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels”) along with Charlotte Ubben.
Maven will provide development funds and cover overhead costs to acquire projects such as books, screenplays, plays and intellectual properties for Freckle Films and Maven to jointly produce. Jacqui Lewis, Leili Gerami, Clemens Pongratz and Elise Siegel will serve as executive producers on these films.
“I’m excited to launch Freckle Films, and I can’t imagine a better production partner than Maven Pictures,” said Chastain. “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.”
Rattray said: “Trudie and I have always been great admirers of Jessica both on screen and off. 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.”
Freckle Films and Maven have a number of films in various stages of early development and have already optioned two books: “The Magician’s Lie” by Greer Macallister and Camille Pagan’s latest novel, “Life and Other Near-Death Experiences.”
Chastain has come on board John Madden’s “Miss Sloane” and recently wrapped production for Focus Features’ film adaptation of Diane Ackerman’s novel “The Zookeeper’s Wife” opposite Daniel Brühl. She will next be seen alongside Chris Hemsworth, Charlize Theron and Emily Blunt in “The Huntsman: Winter’s War” for Universal.
Maven Pictures recently wrapped filming on “American Honey” and “Freak Show.”
The news was first reported by Deadline Hollywood.