Deadline is reporting that Jessica Chastain will enter the realm of superheroes with “Painkiller Jane,” an adaptation of the graphic-novel series of the same name. Though off the beaten (read: Marvel and DC) path, the franchise has gained a devoted following in its 21 years since the character was first created — and even launched a prior TV series and film.
Jimmy Palmiotti and Joe Quesada created the character (real name Jane Vasko), an undercover cop who develops superhuman healing powers after surviving an explosion. She then does what anyone in her position would do: leave the police force, adopt an alias and begin fighting crime as a vigilante. Chastain will co-produce alongside Lenny Beckerman of Lotus Entertainment and Solipsist Films’ Stephen L’Hereux, while executive-producing duties will be shared by Bill Johnson, Jim Seibel, Ara Keshishian and Palmiotti.
Chastain has received two Academy Award nominations, one for “The Help” and the other for “Zero Dark Thirty”; her most recent films are “Crimson Peak” and “The Huntsman: Winter’s War.” She’ll next be seen in “Miss Sloane,” which opens in December.