After attempting to develop the film last year with Elisabeth Moss (The Invisible Man) and Susan Sarandon (Ray Donovan) leading the charge, women’s rights drama Call Jane is getting another shot at life as Elizabeth Banks (Charlie’s Angels), Sigourney Weaver (Avatar), Kate Mara (House of Cards) and Rupert Friend (Homeland) have signed on to star in the drama, according to Deadline.
Written by The Resident co-creators Hayley Schore and Roshan Sethi, the story centers on Joy (Banks), a traditional ’60s housewife who unexpectedly becomes pregnant and learns about an underground abortion movement know as the Janes led by Virginia (Weaver), who saves her life and gives her a sense of purpose in helping women take control of their destinies.
“Call Jane was made for these times – and I have never felt more passionately that our culture is ready to embrace its call for decency, for community, for good will and humor in all things – and above all, its call for necessary change,” director Phyllis Nagy (Carol) said in a statement.
The Blacklist script project was previously in development in early 2019 with Moss and Sarandon attached to lead the cast, but after scheduling issues continued to abound, both actresses bowed out but the story has been a big enough draw to find a new ensemble roster for its tale. The film is set to be produced by Robbie Brenner alongside Kevin McKeon and David Wulf, with Schore and Sethi attached as executive producers with Lee Broda, Erica Kahn and Judy Bart while Leal Naim and Thomas R. Burke are set to co-produce.
“As a woman and a mother of two girls, I feel like the time is now and the moment essential to bring a film like Call Jane into the world. With such cultural uncertainty and when so many of our rights as women are under siege, I know that telling this important story couldn’t be more timely or necessary, and I couldn’t be more thrilled to collaborate with such an extraordinary group of creative and strong women at the helm,” Brenner said in a statement.
Production on Call Jane is being eyed for next spring, with Protagonist Pictures handling international sales for the feature.
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