Hilary Swank is placing the pedal to the metallic and bringing Janet Guthrie’s story to the large display screen. The 2-time Oscar-winning actress is about to topline and produce “Pace Woman,” the story of how Guthrie raced her method into historical past books when the 39-year-old aerospace engineer turned the primary girl to qualify for the Indianapolis 500. Deadline broke the news.
Based mostly on Stephan Talty’s e book of the identical identify and set “within the 1970s when the combat for girls’s rights was gaining pace,” “Pace Woman” recollects how “Guthrie made a bid for the Indianapolis 500 in 1976 regardless of relentless opposition from the racing institution and the lads she hoped to race towards. Janet certified for the race in 1978 the place she completed within the high ten, destroying many widely-held stereotypes about feminine drivers,” the supply particulars. “The movie will convey Guthrie’s ardour and persistence vividly to life, immersing viewers within the untold story of the lady who got here to Indy simply hoping to qualify and left a trailblazer, inspiring generations of future feminine racers.”
The mission hails from Balcony 9 Productions.
“That is an unbelievable true story about feminine empowerment and going after your goals” mentioned Swank. “Once I was approached with Janet Guthrie’s story by the good workforce at Balcony 9, I instantly mentioned sure. I can’t wait to convey her inspiring life to the display screen.”
“Certified,” a 2019 doc directed by Jenna Rickers, explored Guthrie’s rise to the highest and the sexism and skepticism she encountered alongside the way in which. Requested what drew her to the story, Rickers advised us, “Janet’s tenacity. She received on with pursuing her ardour whereas everybody else was nonetheless gasping, ‘However she’s a lady!’ The extra I discovered about her — giving up a profession in aeronautical engineering, constructing her personal engines, going broke, the 24/7 effort to safe sponsorship, getting the proper tools, and pulling a workforce collectively — the extra I felt a type of kinship,” she noticed. “I’m not risking my life racing at 200 miles per hour, and I’m not intelligent sufficient to be an aeronautical engineer, however so lots of her obstacles and triumphs echoed elements I’ve skilled as a feminine filmmaker.”
Swank received Oscars for her main performances in “Million Greenback Child” and “Boys Don’t Cry.” “Away” and “The Hunt” are amongst her most up-to-date credit.