A24 and DIRECTV have taken U.S. rights to Susana White’s Woman Walks Ahead about widowed artist Catherine Weldon who travelled to North Dakota in the 1880s to paint Chief Sitting Bull. The western drama made its premiere at this fall’s Toronto International Film Festival and stars Jessica Chastain as Weldon as well as Sam Rockwell, Michael Greyeyes, Ciaran Hinds, and Bill Camp. Stephen Knight wrote the script. DirecTV and A24 will release the movie next year with a national theatrical rollout.
Inspired by true events, Woman Walks Ahead follows Weldon’s deep friendship with Chief Sitting Bull as they join forces to take on the U.S. government in a pivotal battle for Native American land rights. The filmmakers collaborated closely with the Native American community throughout production to ensure the individuals and culture portrayed in the film were authentic and accurate.
On September 10, Jessica attended the premiere of “Woman Walks Ahead” during the Toronto International Film Festival. She looked amazing in a red dress by Zuhair Murad, and also made sure to attend everyone that was waiting for her with autographs and pictures.
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Jessica kicked off the Woman Walks Ahead promotional day today on TIFF and People released an interview with her, director Susanna White and her costar Michael Greyeyes, who plays Sitting Bull, earlier today on EW studio.
While she was making her new film Woman Walks Ahead, Jessica Chastain says, the nearby Dakota Access Pipeline protests prompted her and the crew to get involved.
In the film, Chastain, 40, plays Catherine Weldon, a portrait painter in 1890s Brooklyn who travels to the Dakotas to paint a portrait of Sitting Bull and becomes embroiled in the Lakota peoples’ struggle over the rights to their land.
“People there are very close to nature and there is this groundedness and centeredness I found when we were filming,” Chastain says of making the film.
“There were spiritual themes to the movie and they affected us as we were making it,” says White. “There were a lot of Native Americans in the crew. There was something transformative about it.”
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