A big-screen version of the cult hit comic Painkiller Jane has been in the works for a while, and the project has finally landed an A-list star to anchor it.
Deadline reports Jessica Chastain (The Martian, Zero Dark Thirty) has signed on to star in and produce the film, based on the graphic novel series written by Jimmy Palmiotti and Joe Quesada. Chastain will star in the title role of Jane Vasko, a New York cop who tries to infiltrate a drug and human trafficking ring. Along he way, she develops regenerative abilities that make her nearly indestructible. Once she realizes she’s nigh invincible, Jane becomes an “unstoppable force of nature” out for revenge against the people who destroyed her life.
Chastain (not to be confused with Bryce Dallas Howard) has certainly played some strong female characters during her career, but it’ll be interesting to see her tackle a bona fide action star. The film is being produced by Chastain, Palmiotti, Lenny Beckerman and Stephen L’Heureux (Sin City: A Dame To Kill For). Bill Johnson, Jim Seibel and Ara Keshishian will executive-produce. The Soska sisters (American Mary) were previously attached to direct a big-screen Painkiller Jane back in 2014, but no word on if they’re still involved.
Along with the acclaimed comic, Painkiller Jane was also adapted into a so-so Syfy (Corporate owner of Blastr -Ed.) series back in the mid-to-late 2000s. That show only lasted one season and a TV movie. A relaunched version of the comic found a decent bit of success a couple of years ago, too.
Do you think Chastain is the right choice for Jane?