Angelina Jolie in Talks for ‘Shoot Like a Girl,’ Based on a Soldier’s Memoir
After Brangelina’s split, the world watched with eyes wide and breaths held to see how the two would move on, and what projects they would or would not be pursuing. Sometimes breakups greatly affect actors’ careers, but with the star power that both Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have, we knew neither of them would be in much trouble. Pitt has Allied coming up with Marion Cotillard, Jolie will next be seen onscreen in the Maleficent sequel, and today it was announced that the actress is in early talks for an adaptation of Shoot Like a Girl, based on the memoir of Air Force Major Mary Jennings Hegar.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Jolie would play Hegar, who served three tours in Afghanistan as a rescue helicopter pilot, and took on the Department of Defense when they tried to ban women from the military. The Combat Exclusion Policy had barred women from combat roles since the late ’40s, and Hegar asserted that this was unconstitutional. In doing so, she allowed women to join the armed forces and serve in the ways they wanted to, rather than being relegated to positions they didn’t want or excluded altogether. Hegar also earned a Distinguished Flying Cross and a Purple Heart for her service.
Jolie has worked tirelessly for the advancement of women all over the world, so this kind of role focuses on something very close to her heart and would be absolutely perfect for her. The memoir, written by Hegar and titled Shoot Like a Girl: One Woman’s Dramatic Fight in Afghanistan and on the Home Front, and will be out in print in March 2017. TriStar bought the rights to the book, and the film does not yet have a director.