Jessica Chastain Travels West in First Trailer for ‘Woman Walks Ahead’ (Video)


A24 has released the first trailer for “Woman Walks Ahead,” in which Jessica Chastain plays a painter who travels west to paint the famous Chief Sitting Bull.

Catherine Weldon (Chastain) heads out of New York to paint Sitting Bull (Michael Greyeyes) just as tensions start to boil between the Lakota reservation and the U.S. Army, so many perceive Weldon’s travel as a threat.

“They all think that you and me are planning some kind of uprising,” Chastain says in the trailer. “The only battle I’ve ever fought against is insignificance.”

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“Woman Walks Ahead” also stars Sam Rockwell and Ciaran Hinds. It was directed by Susanna White and written by Steven Knight.

The biographical drama first premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 2017 and will hit U.S. theaters on June 29.

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Watch the trailer above.

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‘Peaky Blinders’ Steven Knight On Fans & Heroes As He Nabs First BAFTA Nomination For Writing Gangster Saga


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Apple Orders ‘See’, Epic Drama Series From Steven Knight & Francis Lawrence


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‘Get Out’ Star Lakeith Stanfield Joins Sony’s ‘The Girl in the Spider’s Web’


“Get Out” breakout star Lakeith Stanfield has joined the cast of Sony’s “The Girl in the Spider’s Web,” TheWrap has learned.

Stanfield’s role is being kept under wraps. The film will commence production this month in Berlin and Stockholm, and will be released on Oct. 19, 2018.

Fede Alvarez (“Don’t Breathe”) is set to direct.

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The screenplay is by Steven Knight and Fede Alvarez & Jay Basu, based on the global bestseller written by David Lagercrantz. Amy Pascal and Elizabeth Cantillon will join Scott Rudin and Yellow Bird in producing the franchise’s new film. David Beaubaire  is overseeing for the studio.

“The Girl in the Spider’s Web” is the fourth installment of the “Millennium” series of crime novels featuring Lisbeth Salander. The original novels were written by Stieg Larsson, who died of a heart attack in November 2004, and this was the first book not to be written by him.

“The Girl in the Spider’s Web” will also be the first in the best-selling series to be produced into an English-language film in its initial adaptation. The previous books in the series have been adapted into Swedish-language films, and “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” was a remake of the Swedish film. Starring Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara, it became a global hit for Columbia Pictures, taking in over $230 million worldwide.

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Stanfield has been on a roll with a series of high-profile supporting turns — from playing Snoop Dog in “Straight Outta Compton” to civil rights martyr Jimmie Lee Jackson in “Selma,” and Logan King in Jordan Peele’s monster horror hit “Get Out.”

He is repped by CAA and Colin Stark at Stark Management.

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Ridley Scott, Tom Hardy Join ‘Taboo’ Creator for ‘A Christmas Carol’ on BBC


Ridley Scott’s Scott Free London and Tom Hardy’s Hardy Son & Baker are teaming up to produce a Christmas classic.

Steven Knight, the author of “Taboo” and “Peaky Blinders,” is set to adapt “A Christmas Carol,” and several other Charles Dickens novels, for BBC One, with air dates targeted to launch starting in 2019.

“Any question about narrative storytelling is answered by Dickens,” Knight said in a Tuesday press release. “To have the chance to revisit the text and interpret in a new way is the greatest privilege. We need luck and wisdom to do this justice.”

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“It’s terrific to be continuing the creative partnership of Scott Free London with Tom and Steve that started with Taboo and continues with this exciting and ambitious anthology of British classics,” Scott added.

Knight, BBC One, Scott Free, and Hardy all worked together on the BBC/FX drama “Taboo.” Hardy stars in that series and has been featured in “Peaky Blinders” as well. Though there is no word yet if the actor will appear in the Dickens adaptations, he is thrilled to be part of the project as a producer.

“It’s extremely exciting to have the opportunity to team up with Ridley Scott, Steven Knight and our partners at the BBC with this rare and wonderful opportunity to revisit and interpret Dickens’ classic works,” Hardy added. “‘A Christmas Carol’ is a fabulous magical piece of theatre and an embarrassment of riches for our creative team – from character all the way through to design. Here’s to having a lot of intricate and wonderful fun. We feel very lucky.”

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