Elisabeth Moss to Star in Historical Abortion Drama Call Jane

Posted 2017/09/19 0 0

Elisabeth Moss has found her first feature follow-up to the hit series The Handmaid’s Tale with the indie “Call Jane.”


Elisabeth Moss has been doing a lot of work on TV recently, but fresh from scoring an Emmy for her role on The Handmaid's Tale, Elisabeth Moss has nabbed a new film lead.  According to Variety, Moss is set to star in the feature film Call Jane, a drama about a group of women who organized an underground network to provide safe abortions in 1960s Chicago. The story is based on the real-life work of the Jane Collective—a.k.a. Jane, which helped provide women with safe abortions in Chicago in the years before Roe V. Wade made them legal in 1973. Moss will be the titular Jane, a married woman who falls unexpectedly pregnant and discovers the network. My Week With Marilyn director Simon Curtis is making this one, working from the script by Hayley Schore and Roshan Sethi.

"This script is commercial and entertaining, but it’s also really relevant to what is going on with the world today," producer Robbie Brenner tells The Hollywood Reporter. "Women’s rights are important and no one should have the right to control a woman’s body. And that such an idea can be challenged today and that we can go back in time on these issues is scary."

Moss won two Emmys on Sunday night for The Handmaid’s Tale, one for acting and the other for producing the series, which deals with totalitarianism and the subjugation of women’s rights. She next stars in the new season of the Jane Campion limited series Top of the Lake: China Girl, and will be seen this fall in Ruben Ostlund’s Palme d’Or-winning film The Square.

Call Jane is out to financiers, and the goal is to start production in the first quarter of 2018.