Michelle Williams to Star In Upcoming Amazon Studios Historical Drama THIS IS JANE

Michelle Williams to Star In Upcoming Amazon Studios Historical Drama THIS IS JANE

According to Variety, Michelle Williams will star in "This Is Jane," Amazon Studios' historical drama that follows women who provided abortion services in the years before legalized abortion.

"Boys Don't Cry" director Kimberly Peirce came on board in 2017 to helm "This Is Jane," set up at John Lesher's Le Grisbi Productions. Lesher and Peter Heller are producing.

The project is based on Laura Kaplan's book "The Story of Jane: The Legendary UNDERGROUND Feminist Abortion Service," which follows women who provided abortion services in the years before 1973's Roe v. Wade Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion. Kaplan, who joined the three-year-old organization Jane in 1971, assembled the histories of the anonymous women who are identified only by pseudonyms.

Williams joined the cast of the teen drama series Dawson's Creek at age 15. She followed it by featuring in small-scale films that were not widely seen before achieving her breakthrough with the tragic romance Brokeback Mountain (2005), for which she received her first Oscar nomination. Williams went on to gain critical acclaim for playing emotionally troubled women in several independent films, including the dramas Wendy and Lucy (2008), Blue Valentine (2010), and Manchester by the Sea (2016). For portraying the actress Marilyn Monroe in My Week with Marilyn (2011), she won a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress. Williams' highest-grossing releases came with Martin Scorsese's thriller Shutter Island (2010), the fantasy film Oz the Great and Powerful (2013), and the musical The Greatest Showman.

The screen star has made two appearances on Broadway in recent years. When the Alan Cumming revival of CABARET was remounted in 2014, Williams appeared as nightclub performer Sally Bowles. Two seasons later, she joined Jeff Daniels in a revival of the tense drama BLACKBIRD, which earned Williams a Tony Award nomination for Best Actress.

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