Jessica Chastain to star in Native American drama as Sitting Bull confidant (Exclusive)

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LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 15: Actress Jessica Chastain accepts the Critics' Choice MVP Award onstage during the 20th annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards at the Hollywood Palladium on January 15, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 15: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Actress Jessica Chastain, winner of Critics' Choice MVP Award, attends the 20th annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards at the Hollywood Palladium on January 15, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for CCMA)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 15: Actress Jessica Chastain accepts the Critics' Choice MVP Award onstage during the 20th annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards at the Hollywood Palladium on January 15, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 15: Actress Jessica Chastain and actor Chris Pratt (R) speak onstage during the 20th annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards at the Hollywood Palladium on January 15, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Lester Cohen/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 15: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Eddie Redmayne and Jessica Chastain attend the 20th annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards at the Hollywood Palladium on January 15, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 15: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Actor Eddie Redmayne, honoree Jessica Chastain and actor Garrett Hedlund attend the 20th annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards at the Hollywood Palladium on January 15, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for A&E Network)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 15: Actress Jessica Chastain attends the 20th annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards at the Hollywood Palladium on January 15, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 15: Actress Jessica Chastain attends the 20th annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards at the Hollywood Palladium on January 15, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for BFCA)
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Jessica Chastain is in talks to star in the period drama Woman Walks Ahead.

Steven Knight, who created Peaky Blinders and penned the Tom Hardy drama Locke, will write the script while Nanny McPhee Returns helmer Susanna White will direct.

Chastain would play Caroline Weldon, a 19th-century Brooklyn artist and activist who moved to the Standing Rock Reservation in Dakota Territory to help Sioux chieftain Sitting Bull fight to keep the land for his people. She would write letters to the federal government on behalf of Sitting Bull and eventually lived on the land with her teenage son for several years, even though she was vilified by the press, which called her "Sitting Bull's white squaw."

Ed Zwick will produce the film. IM Global is selling the film, and will introduce it to buyers at EFM in Berlin.

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The move brings back to the life the project that has been around for at least a decade and at one point had Tom Vaughan (Starter for 10) attached to direct.

Chastain was most recently seen in The Martian and Crimson Peak. Her upcoming films include The Zookeeper's Wife and The Huntsman Winter's War. She's also attached to Miss Sloane and The Death and Life of John F. Donovan. She's repped by CAA, Mosaic and Hansen, Jacobson.

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White most recently directed the film Our Kind of Traitor, which stars Damien Lewis and Ewan McGregor. She's also helmed episodes of Parade's End, Masters of Sex and Billions. She's repped by United Agents.

Knight was nominated for an Oscar for writing 2002's Dirty Pretty Things and wrote Robert Zemeckis' latest project, an untitled World War Two thriller to star Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard. He's repped by CAA, United Agents and Nelson Davis.

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