By Ryan Parsons | Image property of respective holders, Variety
Uma Thurman has agreed to topline the indie drama Girl Soldier, a story based on author Kathy Cook's book Stolen Angels, which follows the 1996 raid at a boarding school, where a band of armed rebels abducted young girls to turn them into soldiers and sex slaves.
Uma Thurman for Girl Soldier
Directed by Will Raee off a script by Stephanie Pinola, Girl Soldier will have Thurman play a cleric who helped rescue 140 schoolgirls abducted in Uganda. A teacher at the school, Sister Caroline, tracked the rebels back to their camp to demand the girls' release; 110 were returned to the nun, who then began a crusade over the next few years as she rallied parents, the government, the United Nations and the pope to aid in rescuing not only her own girls but other children in rebel captivity.
Uma Thurman is pretty gung-ho about the story. "This is a film that had to get made," Thurman said. "It's beyond me that in this day and age the exploitation of child soldiers goes virtually unnoticed and unchecked by Western media."
Considering that a simple nun was able to demand the girls return is worth the story alone. They should call the film Gun Nun.