Jessica Chastain is in negotiations to star as an adviser to Sioux chieftain Sitting Bull in 19th Century drama “Woman Walks Ahead.”
IM Global will begin selling international rights at the Berlin Film Festival. CAA is handling domestic rights.
Susanna White, who directed “Generation Kill” and “Nanny McPhee Returns,” is on board to direct from a script by Steven Knight. Producers are Ed Zwick, Marshall Herskovitz, Rick Solomon and Erika Olde.
Black Bicycle Entertainment is financing the project. Production companies are Zwick-Herskovitz’s banner Bedford Falls along with Black Bicycle.
Chastain will portray Caroline Weldon, who moved from Brooklyn to the Standing Rock Reservation in Dakota Territory to help Sioux chieftain Sitting Bull keep the land for his people. Weldon wrote letters to the federal government on behalf of Sitting Bull and lived on the land for several years with her son.
Chastain was most recently seen in “The Martian” and “Crimson Peak.” White most recently directed “Our Kind of Traitor,” starring Damien Lewis and Ewan McGregor.
Knight was nominated for a screenwriting Oscar for “Dirty Pretty Things.” He also wrote an untitled World War II thriller, set to star Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard with Robert Zemeckis direcrting.
CAA packaged “Woman Walks Ahead” and represents Chastain, White, Knight and Bedford Falls.
The news was first reported by the Hollywood Reporter.