Angelina Jolie in Early Talks for Afghanistan Drama ‘Shoot Like a Girl’

She would play Air Force Major Mary Jennings Hegar

Last Updated: September 30, 2016 @ 1:35 PM

Angelina Jolie is in early talks to star in TriStar’s “Shoot Like a Girl,” based on an upcoming memoir by a female Air Force major who served three tours in Afghanistan and was instrumental in opening up combat roles to women, TheWrap has learned.

The film is an adaptation of Air Force Major Mary Jennings Hegar’s “Shoot Like a Girl: One Woman’s Dramatic Fight in Afghanistan and on the Home Front.” The book follows Hegar’s experience as a member of the armed forces, serving three tours as a helicopter rescue pilot conducting search and rescue missions in some of the most dangerous parts of the world, which earned her a Purple Heart and Distinguished Flying Cross. Back at home, she successfully took on the Department of Defense and helped overturn the Combat Exclusion Policy, which banned women from combat positions.

The book is scheduled to be released on March 7, 2017 by Berkley Caliber, an imprint of Penguin Random House. Jolie is in negotiations to play Hegar in the film.

Frank Baldwin wrote the current draft of the screenplay. Nicole Brown originally brought the book to TriStar, and she will oversee the project along with Hannah Minghella. The studio is evaluating filmmakers.

The Gotham Group is producing. Gotham is currently in production on “Kodachrome,” starring Ed Harris, Jason Sudeikis and Elizabeth Olsen.

Jolie’s most recent big screen appearance came in 2015’s “By the Sea,” alongside husband Brad Pitt. Jolie filed from divorce from Pitt earlier this month. She is represented by UTA, Media Talent Group and attorney Robert Offer.

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