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Jessica Chastain

Two time Academy Award nominee Jessica Chastain has emerged as one of Hollywood’s most sought after actresses of her generation. She has received numerous nominations and accolades for her work from the LA Film Critics, British Academy of Film and TV, Broadcast Film Critics, HFPA, National Board of Review, Screen Actors Guild, Film Independent and the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences to name a few.

Chastain can currently be seen in Aaron Sorkin’s film adaptation of Molly Bloom’s memoir Molly’s Game opposite Idris Elba. Additionally, she can be seen in Susanna White’s period drama Woman Walks Ahead opposite Sam Rockwell. Chastain portrays Catherine Weldon, a 19th-century Brooklyn artist and activist who moved to the Standing Rock Reservation in Dakota Territory to help Sioux chieftain Sitting Bull fight to keep the land for his people.

She can next be seen in Xavier Dolan’s The Death and Life of John F. alongside Natalie Portman, Kit Harington and Nicholas Hoult. She is also in production on the newest installment of the X-Men franchise X-Men: Dark Phoenix.

Earlier this year, Chastain starred in Niki Caro’s adaptation of Diane Ackerman’s novel The Zookeeper’s Wife opposite Daniel Brühl. She was also recently in John Madden’s drama Miss Sloane opposite Mark Strong, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Alison Pill.  She recently received a 2017 Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama for her enthralling performance as a ruthless and highly successful political strategist.

In addition to her thriving acting career, she recently launched Freckle Films, a new production venture, and inked a first look overhead deal with Trudie Styler and Celine Rattray’s transatlantic financing-production banner Maven Pictures. The two companies have already optioned two books: The Magician’s Lie by Greer Macallister and Camille Pagan’s novel, Life and Other Near-Death Experiences.

This success follows her riveting performance in A24’s A Most Violent Year opposite Oscar Isaac, which proved successful after the film garnered acclaim from many critics including the National Board of Review Award for Best Supporting Actress, a Golden Globe nomination and Film Independent Spirit Award nomination.

Prior, Chastain starred as the lead in Terrence Malick’s Academy Award nominated drama Tree of Life opposite Brad Pitt and Sean Penn, Miramax’s The Debt alongside Helen Mirren and Sam Worthington, Jeff Nichol’s Take Shelter opposite Michael Shannon and Weinstein’s Lawless alongside Shia LaBeouf and Tom Hardy. She also starred in Dreamworks’ Academy Award nominated adaptation of Kathryn Stockett’s novel The Help, which won numerous awards in 2011 including Chastain’s Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress, Golden Globe nomination, Screen Actors Guild nomination and Critics’ Choice nomination.  The next year, she made her theatrical debut in the revival of ‘The Heiress. This ;was followed by a leading performance in Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark 30, which earned her the 2013 Critics’ Choice Award and Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in addition to an Academy Award nomination.

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The Power to Shake it Up, sponsored by Deadline

It’s no longer “business as usual” in the entertainment industry. For too long, studios and financiers have undervalued stories by and about women. But in development and on set, producers are taking control, creating a space for fresh voices to tell stories that audiences haven’t heard before. This session provides a platform to producers and their teams that are actively creating opportunities for women in all aspects of production and challenging the status quo head-on.