Angelina Jolie would play Air Force Major Mary Jennings Hegar in the biopic Shoot Like a Girl
Academy Award winner Angelina Jolie is, according to a story today at The Hollywood Reporter, in talks to headline Shoot Like a Girl, a big screen adaptation of the upcoming memoir by Air Force Major Mary Jennings Hegar. Set to be published next spring under the full title “Shoot Like a Girl: One Woman’s Dramatic Fight in Afghanistan and on the Home Front,” the book is officially described as follows:
On June 29, 2009, Air National Guard major Mary Jennings “MJ” Hegar was shot down while on a Medevac mission on her third tour in Afghanistan. Despite being wounded, she fought the enemy and saved the lives of her crew and their patients. But soon she would face a new battle: to give women who serve on the front lines the credit they deserve…
After being commissioned into the U.S. Air Force, MJ Hegar was selected for pilot training by the Air National Guard, finished at the top of her class, then served three tours in Afghanistan, flying combat search-and-rescue missions, culminating in a harrowing rescue attempt that would earn MJ the Purple Heart as well as the Distinguished Flying Cross with Valor Device.
But it was on American soil that Hegar would embark on her greatest challenge—to eliminate the military’s Ground Combat Exclusion Policy, which kept female armed service members from officially serving in combat roles despite their long-standing record of doing so with honor.
In “Shoot Like a Girl,” MJ takes the reader on a dramatic journey through her military career: an inspiring, humorous, and thrilling true story of a brave, high-spirited, and unforgettable woman who has spent much of her life ready to sacrifice everything for her country, her fellow man, and her sense of justice.
Set up at TriStar, Shoot Like a Girl will feature an adapted screenplay by Frank Baldwin. Nicole Brown is set to oversee for TriStar alongside Hannah Minghella.
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