Elisabeth Moss may just have won an Emmy for her performance as enslaved surrogate Offred in The Handmaid’s Tale, but that doesn’t mean she’s about to rest on her laurels any time soon.
Variety reports that she’s already signed on for a new film, and it sounds every bit as hard-hitting as the adaptation of Margaret Atwood‘s dystopian 1985 novel.
In fact, there are more than a few parallels. Titled Call Jane, it’s 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 — known simply as “Jane” — that helped provide women get safe abortions in Chicago in the years before Roe vs. Wade made them legal in 1973. Elisabeth will reportedly play a married woman who becomes pregnant unexpectedly and turns to the secret group for help.
The film will be directed by Simon Curtis, who’s fresh from helming Goodbye Christopher Robin, which stars Domhnall Gleeson as the author A.A. Milne, and was previously responsible for the BBC’s 2008 adaptation of Cranford and 2011’s My Week With Marilyn.
Call Jane looks set to offer another great role for Elisabeth, who’s gone from strength to strength since her breakout role as Peggy Olsen in Mad Men — starring in High Rise and Mad to Be Normal, not to mention some of the best TV in recent years such as Top of the Lake and The Handmaid’s Tale.
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