Elisabeth Moss and Susan Sarandon to star in Call Jane
Deadline reports that Golden Globe winner Elisabeth Moss and Academy Award-winning actress Susan Sarandon (Dead Man Walking, Thelma & Louise) have been tapped to star in director Sian Heder’s upcoming drama titled Call Jane. Written by Hayley Schore and Roshan Sethi, the blacklist script will be focusing on women’s rights during the 60s.
Call Jane will follow the story of a traditional 60’s American housewife named Joy (Moss). She is very desperate for a child but when she receives news of her pregnancy, things will go wrong as the pregnancy came along with complications that becomes an imminent threat to her life. She has nowhere to turn until she stumbles upon the Janes, an underground abortion movement led by Virginia (Sarandon).
“I’m so excited to be bringing this beautiful script to life with Sian and Robbie and to be working with Susan, who I admire tremendously.” Moss said in her interview with the outlet. “The Jane Collective is an important and fascinating part of our history, especially for women. We see their story unfold through the eyes of Joy, a complex character who represents many women caught between one period of time and the next. It’s also frighteningly relevant and timely to be telling this story right now and I know, with Sian at the helm, it’s going to be an honest and brave film.”
Moss is also set to serve as the film’s producer along with Kevin McKeon, David Wulf and Robbie Brenner (Dallas Buyers Club) through her Unburdened banner. Michelle Mason Vella and writers Schore and Sethi will executive produce.
“As a producer, I strive to tell stories that are meaningful and provocative, but also to help put a mirror up to our world in order to move and inspire the audience with honesty and relatability”, Brenner added. “As a woman and a mother of two girls, I feel a responsibility with Call Jane to tell the incredible story of these brave women at a time when women’s rights and empowerment hangs in the balance. I have no doubt that Sian will craft a beautiful and important film with our dedicated and amazing cast, Elisabeth and Susan.”
Moss is best known for her role as Offred/June in Hulu’s series adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s classic novel The Handmaid’s Tale which had earned her an Emmy Award and Golden Globe Award for Best Actress. She will next be seen in films such as Jordan Peele’s upcoming social thriller Us; and The Kitchen opposite Tiffany Haddish and Melissa McCarthy.
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