Angelina Jolie has long displayed a proclivity for projects based on true accounts of wartime, especially in her behind-the-camera work: the actress-turned-filmmaker made her directorial debut with “In the Land of Blood and Honey” and followed it with the World War II drama “Unbroken.” She may continue that trend with “Shoot Like a Girl,” which she’s currently in talks to headline.
The film is based on Air Force Major Mary Jennings Hegar’s memoir “Shoot Like a Girl: How One Woman’s War Against the Taliban Led to Her Victory Over the Department of Defense,” which is set to be published next spring. Jolie would play Hegar, who received a Purple Heart and Distinguished Flying Cross during her three tours as a helicopter pilot in Afghanistan.
Once home, Hegar successfully sued the DoD over its Combat Exclusion Policy, which prevented women from directly entering combat. TriStar is developing “Shoot Like a Girl” from a script by Frank Baldwin and currently seeking a director.