Hollywood is taking another stab at the Painkiller Jane graphic novel series, this time in a film starring Jessica Chastain.
Chastain, twice nominated for an acting Oscar for roles in The Help and Zero Dark Thirty, will play the title character, which was created by Jimmy Palmiotti and Joe Quesada in 1996. This will actually be the third attempt to bring the indestructible street vigilante to life following a 2005 Syfy television movie starring Emmanuelle Vaugier, and a short-lived series two years later starring Kristanna Loken.
According to Deadline, Chastain will play New York cop Jane Vasko, who is recruited by the FBI to infiltrate a major drug and human trafficking ring.
In a near-death experience, Jane develops exceptional regenerative abilities that give her a unique indestructible advantage. With nothing to live for and no way to die, Painkiller Jane becomes an unstoppable force of nature seeking revenge to those who destroyed her life as she leaves a path of death and destruction in her wake.
Chastain not only will star in the film, but she’ll also produce through her company, Freckle Films. She previously produced The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby film series, which starred James McAvoy, Viola Davis, Bill Hader and herself.
It’s been attached to both Lotus Entertainment and Solipsist Film. Lotus most recently produced November Criminals, a crime drama starring Chloe Grace Moretz. It also recently completed filming of the sci-fi thriller Replicas with Keanu Reeves, Alice Eve and Thomas Middleditch.
Solipsist has another graphic novel adaptation in the works, Instinct, based on the work of Mark Bertolini.
Chastain already has finished work on The Zookeeper’s Wife based on the novel by Diane Ackerman that hits theaters next March. She also plays 19th century portrait painter Catherine Weldon in Woman Walks Ahead with Sam Rockwell and Ciaran Hands.
Her next film, Miss Sloane, premieres Nov. 25. It also stars Gugu Mbatha-Raw and John Lithgow.
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