Jessica Chastain and Octavia Spencer Reunite for Xmas Comedy

Posted 2018/01/17 0 0

“The Help” co-stars will lead a holiday comedy for Universal.


More than six years after the Best Picture nominee The Help, Jessica Chastain and Octavia Spencer are set to reunite for an untitled Christmas comedy at Universal Pictures and Chastain’s own Freckle Films. The film is centered around the two ladies' obstacle course-like journeys back home in time for Christmas, being described as in the vein of Planes, Trains and Automobiles. Executive VP of production Erik Baiers and creative executive Mika Pryce are overseeing the project for Universal Pictures. No director is attached yet, which likely won't happen until the script from Peter Chiarelli (Crazy Rich Asians) comes in, but given the two A-list stars on board for this project, it likely won't take long to put a production team together. No release date has been given, but if this moves forward quickly enough, it could be possible to have this movie in theaters this holiday season.

For Chastain, this planned comedy project marks a rare deviation from heavy roles. The actress will next appear in Woman Walks Ahead, a very serious period drama about a painter traveling west to paint a portrait of Sitting Bull. Chastain later this year plays the mysterious character “Smith” in X-Men: Dark Phoenix. Chastain also has signed on to play the title character in the comic book adaptation Painkiller Jane. Having established herself as one of Hollywood’s best dramatic actresses, it seems Chastain now wants to branch out and try new things. Hence her coming forays into superhero films and buddy comedy.

Unlike Jessica Chastain, Octavia Spencer already has a lot of experience doing comedy movies and genre films. The renowned character actress has already tackled roles in movies that range from Rob Zombie’s Halloween II to Sam Raimi’s Drag Me to Hell, and the Divergent films. Spencer has also done holiday themed comedy, thanks to Bad Santa 2. Spencer can next be seen in A Kid Like Jake, a drama also starring Claire Danes and Priyanka Chopra.

Variety was first to break the news of the deal.