EXCLUSIVE: Angelina Jolie is in early talks to star for TriStar in Shoot Like a Girl. The film is an adaptation of Shoot Like A Girl: How One Woman’s Dramatic Fight In Afghanistan and on the Home Front. That is an upcoming memoir by Air Force Major Mary Jennings Hegar, who served three tours in Afghanistan as a rescue helicopter pilot who transported hundreds of soldiers off the battlefield in hot zone areas. During one of those tours, her helicopter was shot down in the midst of a rescue mission. She got shot by the Taliban, but battled through her injury to save the three Americans she had been sent to rescue, along with her own team. They got out of there in a daring and death defying escape. Beyond her battlefield heroics that included winning the Purple Heart and becoming only the sixth woman to receive the Distinguished Flying Cross, Hegar successfully waged and won and important battle on U.S. soil. She sued the Department of Defense over the Combat Exclusion Policy that kept women from direct combat. The policy was ruled unconstitutional as a result, it was repealed. The Penguin Random House imprint Berkley Caliber will publish the book May 7, 2017.
The Gotham Group is producing the film, and Nicole Brown brought in the book and is overseeing it with TriStar president Hannah Minghella. Frank Baldwin wrote the script and they will try to make Jolie’s deal and then set a filmmaker and fast track this.
Jolie hasn’t done an action turn in awhile; the last were Salt and The Tourist, before she moved on to the directing vehicles In The Land Of Blood and Honey, Unbroken and By The Sea, as well as Maleficent, which has a sequel percolating. She’s repped by UTA, Media Talent Group and attorney Robert Offer.
Angelina Jolie in early talks for war drama 'Shoot Like a Girl' https://t.co/iwc8NkPQLr pic.twitter.com/0DakFFuSDh— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) September 30, 2016
The film is based on Air Force Major Mary Jennings Hegar's memoir.Angelina Jolie is in early talks to star in TriStar's adaptation Shoot Like a Girl.
The film is based the book Shoot Like A Girl: How One Woman’s War Against the Taliban Led to Her Victory Over the Department of Defense, an upcoming memoir by Air Force Major Mary Jennings Hegar that will hit shelves in March 2017.
Hegar, who Jolie would play, served three tours in Afghanistan as a rescue helicopter pilot. She earned a Purple Heart and the Distinguished Flying Cross. She also opened the front lines for women by successfully taking on the Department of Defense in Washington D.C., asserting that the Combat Exclusion Policy barring women from combat duty was unconstitutional and unjust toward women in the military.
The Gotham Group is producing the project. Frank Baldwin wrote the most current draft of the script, and the producers are currently looking for a director.
The book was originally brought into the studio by Nicole Brown, who will oversee the project with Hannah Minghella.
Jolie was most recently seen in By the Sea, which she also directed. She's attached to the Maleficent sequel at Disney. She's repped by UTA and Sloane, Offer.
With Angelina Jolie‘s personal life taking up plenty of tabloid space and media time at the moment, sometimes the best defence is a good offence. In other other words, give outlets something else to talk about. And that’s just what Jolie is doing heading into the weekend.
Deadline reports that the actress is in early talks to star in “Shoot Like A Girl.” Frank Baldwin has penned the script, based on the upcoming memoir “Shoot Like A Girl: One Woman’s Dramatic Fight In Afghanistan and on the Home Front” by Air Force Major Mary Jennings Hegar, that tells the true story of the author’s three tours in Afghanistan which saw her win the Purple Heart and become the sixth woman to receive the Distinguished Flying Cross. Here’s the book synopsis:
After being commissioned into the U.S. Air Force, MJ Hegar was selected for pilot training by the Air National Guard, finished at the top of her class, then served three tours in Afghanistan, flying combat search-and-rescue missions, culminating in a harrowing rescue attempt that would earn MJ the Purple Heart as well as the Distinguished Flying Cross with Valor Device.
But it was on American soil that Hegar would embark on her greatest challenge—to eliminate the military’s Ground Combat Exclusion Policy, which kept female armed service members from officially serving in combat roles despite their long-standing record of doing so with honor.
In Shoot Like a Girl, MJ takes the reader on a dramatic journey through her military career: an inspiring, humorous, and thrilling true story of a brave, high-spirited, and unforgettable woman who has spent much of her life ready to sacrifice everything for her country, her fellow man, and her sense of justice.
The plan right now is to lock down the contract for Jolie, and then fast-track “Shoot Like A Girl” and find a director. This certainly sounds much more Jolie’s speed than “Murder On The Orient Express,” and it’ll be interesting to see if this can come together fast enough to be released next yea
Angelina Jolie to star in war drama "Shoot Like a Girl" https://t.co/JtWAOUaoYQ— Variety (@Variety) September 30, 2016