Saturday, 21 January 2017

Jessica Chastain set to star in Painkiller Jane

The last time graphic novel character Painkiller Jane hit our screens, it was via a short lived TV series starring Kristanna Loken. We are thinking the film version might attract a little more attention, however, as news arrives via Deadline that Jessica Chastain (The Martian) has signed on to produce and star in a film based on the characters.

Painkiller Jane was originally created by Jimmy Palmiotti and Joe Quesada for a five issue miniseries that went on to spawn a healthy run and a multitude of crossovers with the likes of Hellboy and The Punisher. Jane Vasko is a New York cop recruited by the FBI for an undercover mission to bust a drug and human trafficking ring. After she is double-crossed and left nearly dead, she is granted Wolverine-like healing powers and, quitting the force, becomes a vigilante with her own mission, leaving a trail of destruction in her wake.

Chastain will produce alongside Lotus Entertainment, Bill Johnson, Jim Seibel (The Grey), Ara Keshishian (Maggie) and Palmiotti. It is all being figured out, so there are no details on who will write or direct as yet. Chastain, meanwhile, stars in lobbying drama Miss Sloane, which is out on 10 February.

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