Jessica Chastain Acquires Historical Drama ‘The Honeymoon: A Novel of George Eliot’


Variety reported, Jessica Chastain’s Freckle Films has acquired the rights of historical book “The Honeymoon: A Novel of George Eliot” by Dinitia Smith. 

Published by Other Press in 2016, “Smith’s spellbinding novel recounts George Eliot’s honeymoon in Venice in June 1880 following her marriage to a handsome young man twenty years her junior. ”

When she agreed to marry John Walter Cross, Eliot was recovering from the death of George Henry Lewes, her beloved companion of twenty-six years. Eliot was bereft: left at the age of sixty to contemplate profound questions about her physical decline, her fading appeal, and the prospect of loneliness.

In her youth, Mary Ann Evans—who would later be known as George Eliot—was a country girl, considered too plain to marry, so she educated herself in order to secure a livelihood. In an era when female novelists were objects of wonder, she became the most famous writer of her day—with a male nom de plume.