Chris Messina, Aida Turturro, and More Join Cast of ‘Call Jane’

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Chris Messina in 'I Care a Lot'/Netflix; Aida Turturro in 'Nurse Jackie'/Showtime

The upcoming women’s rights drama Call Jane has added four new cast members to its ranks, as reported by Deadline. Chris Messina, Aida Turturro, Cory Michael Smith, and Grace Edwards will join the previously announced cast of Wunmi Mosaku, Elizabeth Banks, Kate Mara, Sigourney Weaver, and Rupert Friend.

Set during the summer of 1968, Call Jane follows Joy Griffin (Banks), a housewife and mother who faces a life-threatening pregnancy that doctors won’t allow her to terminate. Soon, Joy finds a group of women, the Janes, who offer her and other women in need safe options, but also save Joy’s life in more ways than one and give her a renewed sense of purpose. Phyllis Nagy will direct the screenplay from Hayley Schore and Roshan Sethi.

Messina will play Will, Joy’s “loving and sympathetic” husband and criminal litigator who lives his life by the book.

Turturro will play Sister Mike, a nun who works with the Janes to help build their network. She helps women and girls who struggle with the idea of abortion due to religious reasons.

Smith plays the confident Dean, a doctor who performs safe abortions for women in need. He’s described as distant and private, mostly due to the fact that his procedures are illegal and he’s not a real doctor. He remains impressed by the women who step up to help.

Finally, Edwards will play Joy’s 13-year-old daughter Charlotte. She is “whip smart, funny, thoughtful, and mature.” When she learns about Joy’s loss, she feels hurt that her mother isn’t focusing as much on her. However, Charlotte soon realizes the scope of the Janes’ cause and supports Joy.

Production is currently in progress, but there is no projected release date for the film. Stay tuned for more updates.

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