Jessica Chastain Will Produce & Potentially Star In An Ensemble Drama-Thriller Simon Kinberg’s ‘Wayland’

Jessica Chastain in Simon Kinberg's 'Wayland'

Wayland was bought by Lionsgate as a massive spec bundle. In the competition, Lionsgate dropped Simon Kinberg’s spec script in exchange for a promise to produce the film. Michael Showalter, the director of Jessica Chastain’s The Eyes of Tammy Faye, will direct. Next year’s production is being planned.

Wayland is a suspenseful ensemble drama with echoes of A Simple Plan and Knives Out. Kinberg will produce alongside Audrey Chon (of Genre Films), Chastain, and Kelly Carmichael (who runs her Freckle Films shingle). The executive producer will be Showalter. Chastain would be welcome to join the ensemble cast if she so desires, but her current duty is as a producer.

Jessica Chastain in Simon Kinberg's 'Wayland'

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Kinberg is currently writing and producing Battlestar Galactica for Universal, as well as producing the Kevin Hart-starrer Lift, which will be released by Netflix early next year and directed by F. Gary Gray. In addition, the series Invasion, which he co-created and wrote, is available on Apple TV+.

Kinberg has only written two spec scripts in the previous 20 years, since breaking out with his screenplay Mr. & Mrs. Smith and subsequently focusing on writing and producing blockbusters. With Here Comes the Flood, a heist thriller directed by Jason Bateman for Netflix, he returned to spec writing. Kinberg and Chastain met when she pitched him a concept for a worldwide espionage thriller, which eventually became The 355, a global female spy thriller that sold out multiple Cannes markets. Kinberg directed Chastain in the film, which he co-wrote with Theresa Rebeck and stars Diane Kruger, Penélope Cruz, Lupita Nyong’o, and Bingbing Fan as spies, as well as Sebastian Stan and Edgar Ramirez. The Universal/FilmNation thriller will be released on January 7th.

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Elina Raven is an author and content writer for maxblizz. Elina completed her graduation in MA Screen Production - Screenwriting and Documentary at the University Of the West Of England, Bristol.

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