Star-Studded Gun Control Movie Gets The Green Light

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A new pro-gun control film has gotten the green light and a distribution deal, according to Variety magazine.

Rumors have been swirling since the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Connecticut that Hollywood has been looking to produce a strong anti-gun film, and now it appears that executives have it.

The film, titled “Miss Sloane,” was purchased at the Toronto International Film Festival, and is about an ambitious lobbyist whose career is focused on bring about stronger gun control legislation. Financial details from the deal were not made public, Variety reports.

Jessica Chastain is signed on to be the lead role in “Miss Sloane.” Chastain has appeared in several blockbuster films, including the violent films “Lawless,” “A Most Violent Year,” “The Debt” and “Zero Dark Thirty.” Chastain has not commented on whether or not she feels it’s appropriate to profit from violent films while starring in an anti-gun film.

The film will be directed by John Madden who directed “Shakespeare in Love.”

Film Nation and EuropaCorp are jointly creating the movie, and EuropaCorp with handle the distribution.

“The film’s subject matter of gun control is an incredibly important issue in today’s world,” EuropaCorp CEO Christophe Lambert said in a statement. “John Madden and Jessica Chastain bring with them such a high level of artistry, making Miss Sloane a perfect addition to the EuropaCorp slate.”

In 2014, Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein pledged to make an anti-gun movie with Meryl Streep, but it’s unclear if Weinstein has dropped his ambitions because of “Miss Sloane.”

Weinstein once said that he wanted to make a movie that would make the NRA “wish they weren’t alive after I’m done with them.” (RELATED: Harvey Weinstein plans to take down the gun industry)