Elisabeth Moss is set to star in a groundbreaking drama about abortion

Joann Johnston
September 20, 2017

The Primetime Emmy awards took place on Sunday, with The Handmaid's Tale winning big, scooping up a whopping five gongs including best drama series and outstanding lead actress for Elisabeth Moss.

2017 just keeps getting better for Elisabeth Moss. Her repertoire of powerful onscreen women looks set to develop further with her latest project.

With an Emmy under her belt, you would be forgiven for thinking that Elisabeth Moss was going to take a few months off before signing up to her next project, with hard-hitting The Handmaid's Tale being a hard project to follow. (Maybe that one is the exception that proves the rule.) Now she's attached to another pointedly political project, a women's-rights drama titled Call Jane.

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The film will be based on the real-life women's movement called the Jane Collective, an underground network of suburban women providing safe abortions for women before the provisions of Roe v Wade.

The film will be directed by Simon Curtis, who's fresh from helming Goodbye Christopher Robin, which stars Domhnall Gleeson as the author A.A. Milne, and was previously responsible for the BBC's 2008 adaptation of Cranford and 2011's My Week With Marilyn. "Its always a surprise", she said.

Karla Welch posted a photo on Instagram of the word "off" written under one Olgana Paris shoe. Coming off the high of her Emmy win, she continues to practically build a brand around playing complicated, nuanced women onscreen, commanding the screen through vulnerability. "You are courageous and smart and strong, and you have taught me you can be kind and a fucking badass". For instance, the "off" can also be read as a reference to Moss's character Offred in The Handmaid's Tale, which makes this secret message all that more witty - especially considering the challenge the show poses to patriarchal society.

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