Elizabeth Banks, Sigourney Weaver, Kate Mara Set For ‘Name Jane’ – Deadline
EXCLUSIVE: Elizabeth Banks (The Hunger Games), Sigourney Weaver (Avatar), Kate Mara (The Martian) and Rupert Friend (The Death of Stalin) star in Carol director Phyllis Nagy’s women’s rights drama Call Jane.
The blacklist script by resident writers Hayley Schore and Roshan Sethi is being produced by Robbie Brenner (The Dallas Buyers Club) along with Kevin McKeon and David Wulf.
Banks will play Joy, a traditional 1960s housewife who unexpectedly becomes pregnant. She then finds the Janes, an underground abortion movement led by Virginia (Weaver). The group saves her life and gives her a purpose: helping other women to take control of their destiny.
Protagonist Pictures takes care of the international distribution of the classic sounding drama. Filming should begin next spring. Elisabeth Moss and Susan Sarandon were on board earlier, but had to disembark for scheduling reasons. Fortunately, the strength of the project has attracted another solid cast.
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Michelle Mason Vella and screenwriters Hayley Schore and Roshan Sethi will serve as executive producers along with Lee Broda, Erica Kahn and Judy Bart. Leal Naim and Thomas R. Burke produce together.
“Call Jane was made for this time – and I’ve never felt so passionately that our culture is ready to embrace its call for decency, community, goodwill, and humor in all things – and most importantly, its call for necessary change. Said director Nagy.
Producer Brenner added, “As a wife and mother of two girls, I feel that the now and then is crucial in bringing a movie like Call Jane into the world. Given this cultural insecurity, and with so many of our rights as women besieged, I know that telling this important story couldn’t be more timely or necessary, and I couldn’t be more excited to work with such an extraordinary group of creatives and strong women the top. “