Jessica Chastain has been seriously making a name for herself following success as both a leading lady and in strong supporting roles in films from heavyweight directors like Kathryn Bigelow’s Bin Laden assassination thriller "Zero Dark Thirty" and Christopher Nolan’s existential interplanetary wormhole-laden head-trip Interstellar, so much so that she is now producing her own films, and the latest announcement is graphic novel adaptation "Painkiller Jane".
'Painkiller' Jane is an invincible undercover cop
"Painkiller Jane" tells the story of undercover cop Jane Vasko, who infiltrates the mob and gets screwed over, having an explosive device planted on her by the boss she thought had come to trust her, and when the exposure to dangerous chemicals gives her Wolverine-like healing powers, she ditches the undercover assignment and wreaks a path of vengeance on her own as a vigilante.
"Painkiller Jane" was created by Jimmy Palmiotti and Joe Quesada as a miniseries in 1995, but she proved popular enough to continue in crossovers with other similarly dark #Comics characters like "The Punisher" and "Hellboy." Quesada has since become the longest-serving Marvel editor-in-chief whose name isn’t Stan Lee and Palmiotti has enjoyed a long career writing videogames based on comic book characters.
This will be the second adaptation of the comics
The graphic novel has been adapted previously as a television series starring "Terminator 3’s" Kristanna Loken as Jane that ran for 22 episodes on Syfy before being cancelled, but this will be the first time she has been featured in a #Film. What drew Chastain to the character remains to be seen as she generally goes for more serious characters, although one factor could be the massive success of the similar "Deadpool" earlier this year (taking $782 million at the worldwide box office) and a spied opportunity to jump in on that market while it’s hot.
Chastain has many upcoming films
Chastain already has a busy slate of upcoming projects, including Aaron Sorkin’s directorial debut "Molly’s Game" (in which she plays the coveted role of the eponymous Molly) and "The Zookeeper’s Wife," a kind of "Schindler’s List" with animals instead of Jews, both in 2017, and a film adaptation of the popular Tom Clancy videogame "The Division" alongside Jake Gyllenhaal to be released in 2018. Her latest release is "Miss Sloane" about a badass lobbyist mercilessly fighting for legislatures. "Miss Sloane" will be released in the U.S. on 25 November, but we’ll have to wait until February to see it, that is if we’re still interested by then. We won’t wait forever, Jess.