Four-time Oscar nominee Michelle Williams has signed up to star in This Is Jane for Amazon Studios.
Based on the non-fiction book The Story of Jane: The Legendary Underground Feminist Abortion Service by Laura Kaplan, the film will tell of the women who ran an underground abortion service named Jane – officially known as the Abortion Counseling Service of Women’s Liberation. Williams will be playing the founder, who in the book goes by the pseudonym Jenny. Kaplan joined the Chicago organisation in ’71, two years before the history-making Roe v. Wade Supreme Court ruling that made abortion legal. The illegal clinic provided safe abortion services, along with health education and counseling, to over 11,000 women from 1968 to 1973.
According to Deadline‘s report, Williams will be both starring in and producing the picture, which is to be directed by Boys Don’t Cry and Stop-Loss helmer Kimberly Peirce. Writing the adapted screenplay is Daniel Loflin, who’s worked as a writer and supervising producer on CW series Supernatural.
Williams recently had a role in Amy Schumer comedy I Feel Pretty and will soon be seen starring opposite Tom Hardy and Riz Ahmed in Sony’s Spider-Man spinoff movie Venom. Also in the pipeline for the actress is drama After the Wedding, co-starring Julianne Moore, and Let if Fall Back, a crime-drama from Call Me By Your Name helmer Luca Guadagnino also starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Benedict Cumberbatch.