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A24 and DirecTV have acquired U.S. rights to the Jessica Chastain period drama Woman Walks Ahead.
Directed by Susanna White, the film centers on Catherine Weldon, a portrait painter from 1890s Brooklyn, who travels to Dakota to paint a portrait of Sitting Bull and becomes embroiled in the Lakota peoples’ struggle over the rights to their land.
Steven Knight (Eastern Promises) wrote the screenplay.
Sam Rockwell and Michael Greyeyes round out the cast in the film that was produced by Marshall Herskovitz, Edward Zwick, Andrea Calderwood, Erika Olde and Richard Solomon. Rory Aitken, Susan Kirr and Lisa Wolofsky executive produced.
Woman Walks Ahead made its world premiere on Sept. 10 as a Gala Presentation.
CAA negotiated the deal on behalf of the filmmakers. IM Global is handling international sales.
A24 and DirecTV are planning a 2018 release, in which A24 will give the film a national theatrical roll out in all major markets.
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