Jessica Chastain cast as PAINKILLER JANE

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If you want to make a movie appealing to the masses today, it’s a good start to base it off of a comic book or graphic novel. And it makes sense, because movies are all about imagination and entertainment and nothing has that more than people being superheroes. And Jessica Chastain seems to be the next actress to try out the superhero category. Only this time it won’t be as one of the popular Marvel or DC heroes, but a smaller known graphic novel titled Painkiller Jane, written by Jimmy Palmiotti and Joe Quesada. Thanks to Deadline who revealed the scoop.

Painkiller Jane follows the story of Jane Vasko, a New York City street cop who gets recruited by the FBI to infiltrate a major NYC drug and human trafficking ring. In a near death experience, Jane develops exceptional regenerative abilities that give her a uniquely indestructible advantage. With nothing to live for and no way to die, she becomes an unstoppable force of nature seeking revenge on those who destroyed her life as she leaves a path of death and destruction in her wake.

Chastain is no stranger to playing tough female characters, so should fit right into a role like this. I’m not familiar with the source material, but given Palmiotti’s previous credentials which include editions of DeadpoolJonah HexPunisher and Harley Quinn for DC Comics, I think I have a good idea of what to expect. Or at least, what range of things to expect as his range of work includes both the dark and the funny. Something in between would be nice.

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This will not be the first adaptation of the comic book character, with a film previously made for the Sci-Fi channel back in 2005 and a TV series starring Kristanna Loken following soon on the same network in 2007. Both differed substantially from this source material and were not well received, so hopefully this bigger adaptation will give the character more of what it deserves.

It’s early days on the project though and although Chastain has reportedly signed on, there is no word on an actual script for the film, let alone a director. Lenny Beckerman (Z for Zechariah, Hologram for a King) and Stephen L’Heureux (Sin City: A Dame To Kill For) are set to produce.

Last Updated: November 15, 2016

Craig Risi

A man of many talents, but no sense how to use them. I could be out changing the world, but I'd rather be running, watching movies, playing games and writing here instead.

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