Michelle Williams is set to star in and produce “This is Jane” for Amazon Studios, sources familiar with the project told TheWrap on Tuesday.
The film, based on the Laura Kaplan’s book “The Story of Jane: The Legendary Underground Feminist Abortion Service,” will tell the true story of a Chicago woman who founded and ran Jane, an underground abortion service.
Kimberly Peirce (“Boys Don’t Cry”) will direct and John Lesher (“Birdman”) will co-produce the film.
Jane was a group in the late ’60s and early ’70s run by women who taught themselves how to perform abortions before Roe v. Wade made it legal. They helped more than 11,000 women get access to services denied by the medical community. Williams will play the role of Jenny, who founded Jane.
Williams most-recently starred opposite Amy Schumer in the STX Comedy “I Feel Pretty,” and she’ll next be seen opposite Tom Hardy and Riz Ahmed in Ruben Fleischer’s anti-hero comicbook film “Venom,” which opens October 5.
She also recently signed on to co-star alongside Julianne Moore in a reboot of the 2006 Oscar-nominated film “After The Wedding.”
Williams is repped by WME, Brillstein Entertainment and Bloom, Hergott.