The Handmaid’s Tale‘s Elisabeth Moss has selected a new project: The indie Call Jane, about women seeking safe abortions in the 1960s.
From Mad Men to The Handmaid’s Tale and again to Top of the Lake: China Girl, Elisabeth Moss knows how to pick conversation-starting, female-centric projects.
Fresh off The Handmaid’s Tale sweeping the 2017 Emmy Awards, Variety has learned that Moss (who herself picked up a Best Actress statuette) will be starring in a feature film exploring the 1960s women’s right movement called the Jane Collective.
Directed by My Week With Marilyn‘s Simon Curtis and written by Hayley Schore and Roshan Sethie, Call Jane is set in 1960s Chicago pre-Roe v Wade, and follows an underground network of women who secretly provide safe abortions.
Moss plays the titular Jane, a married woman who falls pregnant and seeks the movement’s help.
Abortion is still a hot topic in contemporary U.S., and with the on-going GOP efforts to cut funding to Planned Parenthood, a story about the importance of women having access to safe, legal abortion options feels more prevalent than ever. It is also, incidentally, a topic that aligns closely with the topics central to The Handmaid’s Tale.