A24 and DIRECTV have acquired US rights from CAA to the western drama Woman Walks Ahead starring Jessica Chastain.
The partners plan a 2018 release and A24 will orchestrate a national theatrical roll out in all major markets.
Susanna White directed from a screenplay by Stephen Knight about a widowed artist from New York in the 1880s who travelled to North Dakota to paint a portrait of Chief Sitting Bull.
The pair eventually struck up a friendship and took on the US government in the fight for Native American land rights. Sam Rockwell, Michael Greyeyes, Ciaran Hinds, and Bill Camp also star.
Woman Walks Ahead is a Bedford Falls and Black Bicycle Entertainment production in association with the film’s international sales agent IM Global, Potboiler Productions and LipSync.
It premiered in Toronto and was produced by Edward Zwick, Marshall Herskovitz, Erika Olde, Richard Solomon, and Andrea Calderwood.
“We are incredibly excited to be bringing the Woman Walks Ahead out into the world,” A24 said. “Susanna has crafted a rousing, deeply human film that is at once a fascinating piece of history and a remarkably relevant and gripping look at human rights and the courage it takes to stand up for what you believe in. We are so happy to be working with our amazing partners at DIRECTV to give this extraordinary film the platform and profile it deserves.”
“I am so thrilled to have A24 release Woman Walks Ahead,” White said. “They are such a creative and imaginative company and a great fit for the movie.”