Jessica Chastain Pitches Concept for ‘The Assist’ Sequel with Octavia Spencer: ‘How Wonderful Would That Movie Be?’

Jessica Chastain needs to increase the enjoyable she had making The Assist with costar Octavia Spencer.

The actress mentioned on Leisure Weekly‘s Awardist podcast (recorded previous to the SAG-AFTRA strike) that she has an concept for a sequel to the 2011 film, which was primarily based on a novel from 2009.

“You understand who I take into consideration on a regular basis and I simply want I may play her [again]? Celia Foote. I simply need to do one thing, Celia and Minny, and see what occurred,” she mentioned of her and Spencer’s characters.

Chastain added, “You understand they ended up residing collectively and elevating the infant collectively, they had been finest buddies. How superb would that movie be?”

“I cherished her, and I received to be a bit foolish,” the actress mentioned of the position.

Jessica Chastain, Octavia Spencer, Ahna O’Reilly and Emma Stone in 2012.

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Each Chastain and Spencer, 53, scored Oscar nominations within the Greatest Supporting Actress class for the movie; Spencer gained the award. The movie additionally starred Viola Davis, Emma Stone, Bryce Dallas Howard, Sissy Spacek, Allison Janney and Cicely Tyson.

“Numerous my characters I really feel like I received to expertise so much,” mentioned Chastain. “Celia, it was such a deep dive for me. I actually threw on that character and I did not actually get to mine that a lot materials, as a result of I used to be a supporting a part of that story. That is a personality I want I may revisit.”

The Assist was a field workplace hit on the time, however in recent times, critics — and its personal forged members — have spoken out about the way it facilities the plot on White voices in a narrative meant to be concerning the expertise of Black maids in Mississippi.

Jessica Chastain in June 2023.

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Davis advised Self-importance Honest in 2020, “There’s nobody who’s not entertained by The Assist. However there’s part of me that appears like I betrayed myself, and my individuals, as a result of I used to be in a film that wasn’t able to [tell the whole truth].”

The Oscar winner beforehand opened up about regretting her position in The Assist in a 2018 interview with The New York Occasions.

“I simply felt that on the finish of the day that it wasn’t the voices of the maids that had been heard,” Davis mentioned on the time. “I do know Aibileen. I do know Minny. They’re my grandma. They’re my mother. And I do know that in case you do a film the place the entire premise is, I need to know what it feels wish to work for white individuals and to deliver up kids in 1963, I need to hear how you actually really feel about it. I by no means heard that in the midst of the film.”

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